Moose Topiary, Sort Of [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. 

Photo: Laura P. Salas

This moose topiary/sculpture charmed me at the Botanical Garden in DC.

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. Necco wafer candies (those ears)
  2. Max, the dog/reindeer in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas classic animated special
  3. My wish to see a live moose in the wild (sadly, I have seen a dead one)

And here’s my first draft.  I played with telling a story using nothing but pairs of rhyming words. Didn’t really do that. But I had fun with setting a scene, sort of.

NOTE: I am at a school visit today in Northfield, MN (unless snow has caused a cancellation), so I won’t be able to respond. I’m sorry for being gone two weeks in a row. I miss you guys.

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

 

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28 Responses

  1. Could you?

    Smell
    Rose petals?
    Pump bike pedals?
    gather
    Moose petals
    in the woods?

    I would!

    1. I love the homophones and upbeat feel of you poem. Also, “moose petals” is adorable .

  2. What a charming moose–those ears are simply fabulous! Laura, I love the word play and sounds in your poem. Sadly, my thoughts turned in a darker direction.

    A Highway Lament

    Up ahead
    confused angles
    jangled-up legs
    heavy lolling head
    overfilled
    the truck-bed

    Then I realized…

  3. What an adorable picture. Don’t those ears look like giant flowers?

    Hiding

    No ants on my antlers,
    nor bees, please.
    I’ll mimic a flower
    till I sneeze.

  4. Safe travels Laura. The colors in today’s pic are a welcome sight this stormy, wet morning.

    Incognito

    pastel pine cone ears
    chocolate drop eyes
    posing as a puppy
    in adorable, adoptable
    disguise.

  5. Mournful Moose Reassured

    Tiny antlers.
    Giant ears.
    Eyes keep filling
    up with tears.

    Someday,
    someway
    ’twill be okay.

  6. We saw two moose a few years ago in Michigan’s UP. When there are a whole bunch of cars stopped by the roadside, there might be a moose! The moose described below is not one we saw.

    The Baking of Moose

    Chocolate eyes
    on frosted snout,
    pretzled antlers,
    icing mouth.

  7. I like how your poem flies off the page Laura. Thanks for this colorful fun image!
    Moose Flowers

    Enjoy my moose-filled flowerful finery,
    But remember… Leave our habitat
    clean and free!

  8. We used to have a moose that would peek in our windows. Even when I didn’t see him, I’d find his footprints going right up to our window.

    Peek-a-Moose

    I peek in the window
    Through rugosa roses
    You see me back
    Glass between noses.

    By Donna JT Smith

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