London Eye [15 Words or Less]

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Here’s a picture of the London Eye Ferris Wheel. I took it from my seat on a Thames Rocket Boat–what a ride!

Thames Rockets
Photo: Laura P. Salas

This image (the London Eye, not my selfie!) makes me think of several things:

  1. comparing a Ferris wheel to an actual eye
  2. a fortune-teller’s crystal ball
  3. a ginormous bicycle wheel

And here’s my first draft.  There was so much more I needed to say to get my eye-dea (hehe) across. I should have narrowed my topic/thought for this short poem more.


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







40 Responses

  1. Finding balance in troubled times.…what a great first line. Maybe I need to go get in a boat today for a big dose of sky. The news has been troubling, troubling, troubling. This leads me to update an old nursery rhyme.

    A Tisket A Tasket

    A sky-high
    London’s Eye
    wheels round
    and round
    even faster.

    1. Perhaps from up that high, the problems in the news would look smaller, like the ground.

    2. So sorry about the news, but we can escape into poetry and research. I like the way your poem spins.

    3. yes, the news is troubling, troubling. I like the way your poem speeds up like the news cycle. I think we all need a good dose of sky these days.

    4. Views of water and mountains (never get those) and sky really do clear my mind, Linda. And I’m limiting my intake of news. Might not be the best things to do from a responsible citizen standpoint, but I also have to look out for myself. So true about the news cycles!

  2. The boat ride looks like such fun! And the London Eye looked like a gear to me in your picture.

    Sky-Gear Turning

    Blue and white
    in sunlight.
    Day to night.
    Black and white -
    stars and moonlight.

  3. Millenium Wheel

    A circle
    to the sky,
    touch the moon
    and return…

    1. What a graceful poem, Margaret. I had to wonder at the stability of the Eye when our guide told us it was meant to be just for the Millennium (I had not known that!) but was so popular they kept it. I mean, I’m sure they did stuff to reinforce it to last longer, etc., but…

  4. Value is In the Eye of the Beholder

    Royal gerbils run around
    On a diamond studded crown
    Precious is the toy they’ve found.

    Donna JT Smith

  5. What an amazing trip Laura. I’m enjoying it, vicariously of course. Finding balance in troubled times, yes! For some reason my eyes immediately saw a giant clock, time 7:30, night sky, daytime sky? Such fun!

    Big Ben’s Frenemy

    daytime dawning,
    nightime yawning
    Big Ben bongs
    London Eye’s song:

    “See You Tomorrow”

    1. Here is a good place to be, when we stop to enjoy it:>) I can SO relate to this poem!

  6. A gaze revolving
    The all-seeing wheel
    A slow blink
    Appraising the sky

  7. Your filter makes the London Eye look especially magical, Laura! So glad you are having a wonderful trip to England!

    train tracks wrapped
    around a circle of sky,
    singing to the stars

    —Kate Coombs

    1. Thanks, Kate. We had a lovely time. Even though it was way too hot and crowded for me:) this poem is stunning. I don’t know how how to capture such a feeling of joy in such an unusual image. That mix of train tracks and scene is so unexpected and beautiful.

  8. I am writing on my phone while traveling to Chicago.. love your poem and hope you don’t mind my borrowing your title..

    Spokes on a wheel
    work together
    pass the load
    join in unity
    in troubled times.

    1. Of course not, Buffy. I love this metaphor of working together in such a beautiful, peaceful way!

  9. Laura it looks like you had a great trip to London. That boat ride looked a bit crazy, but you got a great shot of the London eye. Loved your last line, “full-circle spectacle.”

    Perspective is a funny thing
    perched atop this wheel,
    monumental hang-ups
    recede with turning steel.

    1. Thanks. I love this, Jean. So true that getting a view like this makes problems feel small. Must be why I love ocean and sky and mountains…Lovely poem.


    On my bike
    in a flash.
    Hit those puddles.
    Make a splash!

    1. I LOVED going out to explore the neighborhood after our daily summer thunderstorms in Florida when I was a kid.

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