Neon Sky [15 Words or Less Poems]

Hello! We’re more than halfway through National Poetry Month, and I hope you’re having a splendid celebration! I’m happy you’re here — this is 15 Words or Less Poems, a low-pressure way to wake up your poetry brain (guidelines here)!

Here’s my next pic taken in March on the way home from South Bend, IN to Minneapolis, MN.

15wol neon lights
Photo: Laura P. Salas

This image makes me think of:

  1. neon lightning
  2. being trapped under the ice (is it Damien Omen II with that chilling scene?)
  3. the way everything looks fuzzy in extreme heat

This week, I did write about one of my first thoughts–what ice skaters overhead must look like to fish below the frozen surface of the lake. Here’s my first draft.

Fish Under Frozen Lake 15WOL poem 



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

28 Responses

  1. Sky of diamond shards
    Silver threaded clouds
    Blazing ruby sun
    Protected by lasers of blindness

  2. Laura I love this pic and s sounds in your poem

    Northern Lights

    grandmothers mittens
    unravel like strings
    of neon confetti
    emulating Artic skies

    Poem By Jessica Bigi

    1. Thanks, Jessica. “strings of neon confetti” — love that! And as I have unraveled some things recently, it’s especially close to home:>)

  3. Wonderful picture Laura. Your version of ice skaters viewed from below is vivid and caused me to shiver from the thought of ice cracking and the inevitable.

    The Tube

    Dawn to dusk
    day by day
    we traverse
    our private concourse
    in Technicolor.

    Life’s kaleidoscope!

    1. Ah, this is so interesting, Martha, because first I assumed you were talking about television, and I think you pry were. But then, as I typed an answer about the boob tube, I realized this also could describe the subway, or the Tube, if you live in London. It’s an ambidextrous poem!

      1. OMGoodness Laura. You are right. Actually, that never crossed my mind but it should have. The concourse in the picture just reminded me of a large tube, not unlike a Kaleidoscope, Thanks for the info. Btw, I am physically ambidextrous! 😉

        1. Sheesh–and I didn’t even think of a literal tube. I thought you were being metaphorical. Ha! I feel like I need a sign over my head: When poets think too hard. 😀

  4. I do not know why, but I had only a few words for this
    one. I stretched it with the two extra words to begin and end…

    Divergence of beams
    Convergence of seams
    Conveyance of dreams

    Donna JT Smith, all rights reserved

    1. Oh, that is lovely, Donna! I don’t think you ever have to worry about having too few words, especially when they’re just right words like these.

    2. love the reputation of the word how they sound tougher this is wonderful

  5. String art takes on
    A new dimension
    For originality and
    A sense of adventure
    To impart

    Anne McKenna

    1. w3e had a ship like this haf done in our aticke that one of my sibling must of started working on I love that you saw string art in this pic

  6. Perhaps there’s some mystery here. I couldn’t help but wonder about it this morning. Can poets be spies?

    Laura is in
    the airport again.
    Where is she going,
    this poet
    with a camera?

    —Kate Coombs

    1. Heehee–while going through paper clippings recently and converting them all to OneNote, I came across several postcards and notes from the Spy Museum in Washington, DC. I had fun pondering a few of the famous people who spied for the U.S. I think a poet or any writer probably IS a bit like a spy. What do you say, Kate–do we need a secret handshake?


    Screen is woozy
    bumpy road is
    not good newsy.

  8. Love the fishy POV, Laura, especially the icy sky!

    Over the Stream at Sunrise

    spider casts her line
    from branch to branch
    trapping sunbeams
    with silken threads

  9. I love the contrails left by your flying skates, laura!

    Here’s mine. A happy memory from traveling with my mom:

    Chicago O’Hare

    Cup of coffee given
    and taken as mother
    and daughter pass on
    opposite moving sidewalks.

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