Hello, and welcome! This is 15 Words or Less Poems, a low-pressure way to wake up your poetry brain (guidelines here), and I’m very glad you’re here.
I was at the Minnesota Zoo Friday night for an awesome Five for Fighting concert. He was on piano or guitar with string quartet. Very cool. And it was cool. Overcast and a bit drizzly. We were all tucked into the amphitheater in our hoodies/jackets with the bats swooping overhead and the lake shimmering behind the stage and lights playing on the backdrop. Lovely. Anyway, this pic is part of a grouping of eye-catching metal sculptures.
This image makes me think of several things:
- How quietly leopards stalk their prey and then wait–like statues!
- How artists bring life into these basically flat pieces of metal–it’s a mystery
- What kind of music would different animals dance to?
And here’s my first draft. Oh, dear. That took a dark turn, didn’t it? These sculptures were all in an area that is a splash pad for kids when the zoo is open. The other sculptures are less threatening: a big bear and cub, a tapir family, raccoons frolicking overhead…but the leopard looks pretty threatening. I was just picturing kids playing while it watches them.
It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)