Penguin [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. 

Last week’s photo, if you’re curious, was a filtered close-up shot of some bath salts my daughter Maddie gave me. They smell soooo good, and they have dried herbals in them, which are the specks. (These Thistle Farms Love Heals products are made by women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. I have a lip smoothie and the bath salts and love them both!)

If you’re a regular blog visitor (thank you!), then you probably know I have quite the sweet tooth. A good frosted sugar cookie is one of the finer pleasures in life–I usually pick ones that are mostly white, because I don’t like the taste of the food dye. So this dapper little penguin was just right–and delicious!

Penguin Cookie
Photo: Laura P. Salas


This image makes me think of several things:

  1. eggs
  2. Tango
  3. spider rain (look it up if you don’t know what I’m referring to–shudder!)

And here’s my first draft.

sweet winter


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







30 Responses

  1. Nice, Laura! You had me at lemon curd–which means I’m thinking about that instead of your cute lil penguin.

    Upon Secretly Making Lemon Curd When Lemon-Loving Child Is Not Home

    so luscious
    so divine

    luxuriously scrumptious
    so sweet
    so tart
    so mine

  2. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, sugar cookie. Winter on my lips. Such a tasty sounding poem.

    I saw a penguin in traction. lol!

    Poor Penguin–Occupational Hazard, I guess.

    Slipped on shelf ice
    traction the price
    for another day
    in South Pole

  3. Oh, dear, I’ve gone totally dark here.

    In Antarctica…

    Tens of thousands
    of Adelie chicks
    starve and perish
    while we enjoy
    our frosted cookies

    1. It’s so true. And the whole struggle of life here in an affluent country, I think. How to hold two such disparate truths in our hearts and not sink into deep depression. (Especially if you make those chicks human children.) How to take action and not be consumed. How to make the world better but still savor your own life. Oi.

  4. Laura, I love your poem with those shimmers and sparkles. I’m trying to enjoy the sweetness of winter right now, but it’s gone a bit sour! lol

  5. Good morning. There is just something about a penguin! Too cute. Happy you didn’t go with spider rain! lol


    tux yes
    black tie no
    party casual
    wish to show
    latest portrait
    without snow


  6. The penguin has such pleading eyes.

    Thank you
    for my scarf of blue.
    Now can I get
    mittens to match?

    1. Yes, you may! Penguins are so dang cute. I love this one asking for mittens–who could say no?

  7. He looks scared to me- afraid he’ll be eaten? Or.…


    Decide to ride.
    Slow glide,
    faster slide.
    Get wide-eyed-

    One and done.

  8. poem By Jessica Bigi

    Chatty penguin
    unusual day
    hadn’t time to chat
    rolling behind him
    a giant snow ball
    balminess-snowman too

    1. This made me think of the scene in INdiana Jones with the giant boulder rolling behind him! Now I’m picturing the penguin as Indy, with the hat and all!

  9. poem By Jessica Bigi

    Chatty penguin
    unusual day
    hadn’t time to chat
    rolling behind him
    a giant snow ball
    abominable-snowman too

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