Mont Saint Michel [15 Words or Less]

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. 

Mont St. Michel
Photo: Laura P. Salas

Although the day trip itself was dreadful, one of the most beautiful things we saw in France was Mont Saint Michel, an amazing ancient abbey built on a rock outcropping in the tidal flats off the Normandy coast. You’re just driving along through flat, agricultural lands, and then you see this on the horizon. Magical! This image makes me think of several things:

  1. God’s or a giant’s building blocks
  2. people who paint “en plein air” — outside where anyone can watch them–talk about intimidating!
  3. Walt Disney World–can’t help it. Grew up in Florida.

And here’s my first draft.

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







33 Responses

  1. Stone of myth
    Turrets tempting
    The image of refuge
    Mirage Palace

    1. I love the image of turtles in your poem love the lines 2–3

  2. surprise of hope.…disguised in block. I really like that. I liked the double meaning of something harsh with something gentle as prayer. I aimed for that as well.

    Mont Saint Michel

    Low tide
    sand castle.
    Waves swell
    island abbey.
    Vespers bell
    on evening’s tide–
    Prayer citadel.

    as always, I like to pair the picture & words together.

    1. Love your careful word choice (sand castle, abbey, vespers, citadel) and the two word lines.

    2. I love the vespers bell–that you brought a sound into it! Beautiful poem, Linda!

  3. His castle awaits.
    The journey is long.
    I am still walking.

    1. I like this- makes me wonder just what he will find at the castle- must be something good since he’s still walking!

  4. I see this will not be the only sandcastle poem…

    Once upon a time
    there was a sandcastle
    That grew and grew
    And became true.

    1. Isn’t it funny that sandcastle never entered my head?! Love your last line–so surprising!

  5. Hypnotizing for sure, picture and words. I love the stability of the structure yet the “sloughed off” image as it grows out of itself. The reference to Disney a must! A young friend realized her childhood dream and was married there with Cinderella’s castle in the background.

    Building Blocks

    Plant feet
    nurture growth
    diminish dependence
    reach skyward
    soar with clouds
    achieve dreams.

  6. I love the pic today thank your for sharing your trip pic with us

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    No Instructions On
    Building Gingerbread Houses

    Icing on the ceiling
    Doggies red sugar lips
    My cookies are now
    Pails of crumbs

    1. Oh, no! Sounds like a baking adventure I might have! Love the dog’s red lips:>)


    My room’s at the top,
    climb stairs that don’t stop.
    So tired I drop,

    1. this would be cut to do with hand motions’ with school kids

    2. Ha! Those stairs didn’t stop! We were ready to ker-flop at the top:>) Fun poem, and it makes me picture other cool illustrations that could go with it.

  8. Love the image of “sunrise of rock.” It goes so well with this gorgeous castle. I seem to have lost the castle in my poem…

    Sky Tag

    Clouds race–
    chasing, speeding,

    They collapse
    in giggling heaps,
    spring a leak,

    rain falls.

    1. Great image–spring a leak! I love when the poems veer off, inspired by tiny details. Love all the /k/ sounds!

  9. By Franklin- age 11

    Sunny Morning-

    Sunny morning on the mount
    Shall I shout?

    Hear my echo
    How far did it go?

    By Franklin- age 11

    Marshmallows Flying-

    Marshmallows flying by the castle
    Oh what hassle
    Marshmallows in the air
    showing off their flair

      1. wonderful poems both of you I love how in the first poem it emphasizes how echo’s carry on the 2ed poem shows wonderful imagination

    1. Ha! These are wonderful! Two totally different voices and approaches–both fabulous. I hear the shout and see those marshmallows:>)

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