Mosaic Sky [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. 

I really have a thing for airport art. Here’s a close-up of a piece of a mosaic:

Photo: Laura P. Salas

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. a beautiful model city made of mosaic tiles
  2. paint by number of a classic piece of art (that could be fun–to see what it feels like to paint The Last Supper or something)
  3. the “mosaic” mirror frame I made from paint chips–one of my more successful craft projects:>)

And here’s my first draft–a haiku this week.

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

I am out of town today/tonight doing a library visit, so I will likely not be able to comment. I hope you enjoy writing, though!







40 Responses

  1. Sweeeeeeeet! The sky is a big couch pillow with puffy soft buttons. I can see it! I think I will always see airport art with a thought of 15-words-or-less. Love how you catch a piece “on the fly” (bu dum dum).

    I have two ditties this morning.

    Step on a crack
    break mother’s back
    sweep a cracked wall
    save her from the fall


      1. Love the resolution to stepping on a crack. Your ‑ble words in the acrostic set a nice rhythm.

    1. Linda, such a fun way to begin this day. Love the playfulness.

    2. Linda I like your two ditties, but I think you have three here, one in your first comment line,
      “The sky is a
      big couch pillow with
      puffy soft buttons.”

    3. Clever acrostic and I agree with Michelle — love the couch pillow with puffy soft buttons.

  2. Laura, this mosaic is fabulous and I love the buttoned sky in your poem! Here’s my effort:

    In a mosaic
    each piece matters
    variety is key
    to creating
    a dazzling whole

    1. Each piece matters, akin to each brush stroke on a canvas. So true, one piece affects the whole.


    Eat a lot
    throughout the day.
    Paper plates
    left on display.
    Always open:
    Mom’s cafe.

    1. This is so true when you have teenagers around, always eating. We called it “grazing.”

  4. I agree with Linda. There will always be a connection between you, Laura, and airport art. Such a vivid, realistic picture seen from the window seat flying westward.

    The Window Seat

    Newly designed wing
    gradations of color
    on nature’s beauty below.

    1. “nature’s beauty below” in “gradations of color/shade/sunlight” is exactly why I always like to get a window seat.

  5. This image made me think of a cozy old quilt on a much colder day than mid-summer. Love those button clouds, Laura.

    snuggled beneath
    white button clouds
    above colorful quilted
    farmland threaded with
    blue tiled ponds

    1. Love threaded with blue tiled ponds. You helped me look closer at the image.

      1. I love “colorful quilted farmland”- that’s just what it looks like!

    2. Lauren, I have a “crazy quilt” that my grandmother made that looks exactly as you described. Waste not, want not was her motto and believe it or not the quilt is made from scraps of double knits, both sides. Needed no batting! H E A V Y best describes it but I love it.

  6. Cindy, I like that you saw the residuals left for mom. I saw the vignette of leftovers from a picnic table, especially a slice of bread and paper plates.

  7. I was in the Dallas airport recently and on the look out for cool art, but didn’t see any. While in flight, I wrote down this wisdom:


    Flying through the clouds,
    the ride is roughest,
    choppy waters
    swirling, longing
    for blue sky.

  8. Laura I too am now always on the lookout for airport art thanks to you. JFK has these wonderful hot air balloons hanging from the ceiling on the long walk inside the airport. I love this mosaic you presented and your Haiku is just lovely.

    Hammock Dreams

    Button cogs
    accelerate clouds travels.
    Zephyr behind, voyage fore.
    I lay blissful
    in my imagination.

    1. Your poem gave me goose bumps. All of a sudden I was a little girl laying in my grandparents’ hammock wondering what the grown ups would plan for fun that day with nothing more pressing to do than watch the clouds through the tree branches. Thanks for the memory. Love Zephyr behind, voyage fore.

  9. Fun haiku Laura, that carries us away in the sky! Hope your library visit goes well.

    Here’s another haiku

    clouds calm
    as sidewalks sizzle
    and heat up …

  10. I saw an alien face in that floating, mosaic cloud. And yes, farm fields below. Love that you notice and photograph the artwork that most people (probably including me) hurry by.

    Summer Questions

    What do you see
    in clouds above?
    alien spaceship?

  11. safe travels have a wonderful time

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    Earths lands
    giant jigsaw puzzle’s
    put together
    by our ancestors

  12. The Earth’s Lands

    giant jigsaw puzzles
    put to gather by our ancestors

  13. poem By Jessica Bigi

    Earth lands
    giant jigsaw puzzles
    put to gather by our ancestors

  14. poem by Jessica Bigi

    Earth’s lands
    giant jigsaw puzzles
    pot to gather by our ancestors

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