Rearview Mirror [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. 

Photo: Laura P. Salas

We live near our state capitol building, and the other day as we were driving somewhere, I saw the building neatly framed in my rearview mirror and snapped a pic.

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. why do things in our past look bigger or smaller?
  2. mirror mazes
  3. glasses (just shopped for new eyeglasses with our younger daughter)

And here’s my first draft.  When I was a teacher, the kids always wondered how I knew something was going on. Of course, I’d tell them I had eyes in the back of my head. But, really, backward-looking eyes are pretty limited…


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







24 Responses

  1. Eldest literally just drove out of the driveway on her way to her senior year of college. Instead of crying I’m looking at a photo of a rearview mirror and am stuck a little in remembering her girlhood.

    Drive slowly
    from me
    whoheld you
    you couldgo
    Drive slowly,

    1. Hugs, Linda. Oh, mercy, this is stunning. I hope you print it out beautifully and gift it to your daughter. Those joined words…sigh.

  2. Illusions of sight
    wonder, delight
    turn the world
    topsy, turvy

  3. Lovely verse Laura. We must all look to the future with hope. My two, 21 months apart, always thought that if they turned their backs to me, the eyes in the back of my head could not see what they were up to! All four seasons have their particular beauty, but Fall has always been my favorite. Maybe because of my September birth. ????

    Favorite Season

    Summer rearward
    Fall ahead
    bluer skies
    whiter clouds
    until leaves shed
    winter’s dread.

  4. I love your take on having eyes in the front of our heads.

    Driving Away

    Sometimes the past
    disappears in the rearview mirror.

    Sometimes it chases me.

  5. Reflected perspective
    of past
    is now
    melted and
    molded dimensions

  6. Your poem made me smile, Laura. When I was little my mom told me she had eyes in the back of her head, and for years I was sure that they were hidden beneath her poofy hair.

    I’m clearly not sure what I’m saying here, but will post anyway.

    thinking in circles
    the future an ambition
    the past an illusion

    1. I’m glad you posted, Buffy. I think searching for what we want to say within a poem is such a common experience, and it’s good for everyone to see that. To just let the words reflect your state of mind…

  7. Laura I admire how you look to the future with “awe.” I just love this picture. I will be teaching for the first time, and reflection will be a big tool in the area I will be working in, so your picture really struck a chord with me.


    Time and experience
    Were on my side,
    But flesh and bone
    Deceived me…

  8. The Future Beckons

    I glance behind
    to where I’ve been
    then look ahead-
    I play to win.

  9. poem by Jessica Bigi

    behind us seeing what
    was once in front of us
    in front of us
    seeing our furthers

    1. I like the way you think about the past and future and how we perceive them and define them, Jessica.

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