Moose Topiary, Sort Of [15 Words or Less]

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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.)







28 Responses

  1. Could you?

    Rose petals?
    Pump bike pedals?
    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
    the truck-bed

    Then I realized…

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


    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.


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

  5. Mournful Moose Reassured

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

    ’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.


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

    By Donna JT Smith

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