Pinwheels [15 Words or Less]

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Here are some pinwheels that “grow” in a lovely garden near the Houston Convention Center.

Pinwheels
Photo: Laura P. Salas

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. making these from a straw, a brad, and cardstock as a kid
  2. very windy streets in metropolitan downtowns
  3. Mother’s Day

And here’s my first draft. 

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

 

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26 Responses

  1. ooooooh pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty!

    Pushing through writer’s block

    Pink petals push
    no
    petal pink playful
    no
    Pretty pink pinwheels play with the wind
    yes

  2. When Wicked Winds Blow

    You take it on the chin
    and spin-
    I would be
    that resilient and free.

    1. I love this, Cindy b. A fresh change from bending in the harsh winds like a willow does!

  3. The garden of pinwheels in Houston was fascinating. I love your getaway poem. I imagine them rising like released balloons.

    Cut, fold, turn
    Fasten to a straw
    Blow!

    1. Margaret, I really like how your spare verse echoes the origami of making a paper pinwheel.

  4. The pink pinwheel garden has brightened an already pleasant morning.

    tissue paper butterflies
    grace cardstock flowers
    rainy day garden
    indoors

    1. You know what I really like about this, Lauren? It reflects how I feel about finding beauty and even nature everywhere. Even if it’s only metaphorical. 🙂

  5. Beautiful picture!

    Which Came First?

    Is this from whence
    Wind doth commence?
    Or is it where
    The blowing
    Starts slowing?

    By Donna JT Smith

    1. Fabulous, Donna! This makes me think about the Chicken and the egg, of course, but also wind turbines and how this pinwheel shape both takes energy and creates it. Cool!

  6. Love all the entries!

    Whoosh and whir!

    Spinning spectacles
    pursue purposeful
    preordained pinwheel path

  7. What lovely colors. Pinwheels! Mine were made with construction paper, tethered with a thumbtack into an eraser on the end of a pencil. Tongue twisters came to mind first; purple pinwheels, Peter Piper, lol:

    Paper Pinwheel Posies

    In pocket
    adds flair
    behind ear
    adorns hair
    in vase
    on doily of lace,

    Etc.!

  8. Laura I hope you are doing okay

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    Pin Wills

    spinning
    twirling
    swirling
    sky breath candelas
    circeling
    looping
    turnabout
    clade scoping colors
    giggling wings
    of childhood
    wishes

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