Landing [15 Words or Less Poems]

Welcome to 15 Words or Less Poems Day! Are you ready to wake up your poetry brains with our weekly exercise (guidelines here)?

Well, I’m kind of annoyed that there’s a person in my picture! The lens didn’t click fast enough, I guess. Oh well. When I visited Wealthy Elementary School last month in Michigan, I flew home via Chicago, and this is what it looked like as I landed.

Landing in Chicago

This image makes me think of:

  1. all the synapses and pathways and connections in our brain
  2. a giant circuit board inside a giant computer
  3. a pilot trying to figure out where to land a “connection” to access info or memory

And, here’s my first draft. I wish I had put an extra blank line before the last line. Oh, well.

memory pilot 15wol


It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count)

24 Responses

  1. I can’t tell you how many times my brain cannot find a name. More and more this is a problem. I get so annoyed that the problem gets worse. If I see you and don’t know your name, forgive me because I really love you anyway.

    1. Oh, Margaret. I want to have your last sentence put on a t‑shirt to wear at conferences. I seriously might do that. :>)

  2. I’m taking a brake form writing today but I love this pic Laura I love your first line

    1. Thanks, Jessica:>) I enjoyed your poem on Michelle’s blog. Hadn’t been there in a while, dropped in to catch up, and there you were!

  3. Ha. I was trying to think of an ordinary word yesterday and couldn’t come up with it till this morning. Feeling elderly. (It was laminate.)

    I thought
    we were going to Duluth.
    What is this bright city,
    alien and golden?

    —Kate Coombs

    1. So true Kate. It’s amazing the way even the mundane becomes transfixed from a different perspective.

    2. Hehe. Thank you for sharing, Kate. I love how the first two lines are straightforward/mundane. And then the last two lines plop me down into a wonderful, sort-of fantasy setting.

  4. Good morning Laura. I really identify with your pathways to the brain. My pathways are interrupted almost daily. I’m thankful that they still reconnect sometime during the day, or the middle of the night!

    Grids of Life

    City bustles
    March storms
    Grids reconnect
    Life’s magic!


    1. This is such a vital poem, Martha–it’s like it’s bristling with energy!

  5. Grid

    The most massive display of light
    Is darkened by the break of
    One tiny wire.

    1. So true. I never cease to be amazed by the power of the tiniest of anything within the universe.

    2. Love this, Marian–our technology (and life itself)…so powerful, but so fragile.


    Neurons clicking, I’m lit up!

    Mom poured cola in my cup!

    1. I love that Cindy. I can see “her” lit up all day! Funny and cute, and what a rhyme.

    1. For sure Buffy. I enjoy living just far enough from the city to prevent that. We don’t even have street lights. I’m still a city girl though.

  7. Wander into
    The golden wilderness
    Explore life
    Opening up
    Endless opportunities
    For a greater tomorrow

    - Anne McKenna

    (Follow the yellow brick road)
    Couldn’t resist that !

  8. A million
    flams of hope
    ignite pathway
    of lifetime
    as we lesson
    to malady’s
    of dreams

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    1. A million
      flams of hope
      ignite pathway
      of lifetime
      as we lesson
      to melodies

      poem By Jessica Bigi

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