Roll the Bones [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

I love board games, and there’s a dice game we play with family (can’t remember the name of the game) that has loads of different kinds of dice. I love this clear die with a tiny colored die inside it.

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. how tiny things are inside of big packaging lately
  2. what people would look like if our skin was transparent
  3. luck–both good and bad

And here’s my first draft.  I was thinking of all the idioms related to playing cards and games and dice. I was also thinking of a Rush song, besides the one I titled this post with. It’s called The Larger Bowl, and the lyrics are poetry, too: https://www.rush.com/songs/the-larger-bowl/ That sent me down this path:

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

 

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15 Responses

  1. oh, that ace.…I think I dropped mine. I might need another! lol

    Here’s a skinny

    Grandma Plays Yahtzee

    Five
    Yahtzee
    dice
    clatter
    spill
    YAHTZEE!
    Grandma
    rolls
    again
    Yahtzee
    Grandma’s favorite game

  2. The Roll

    Two plastic
    numerically-dotted cubes
    tossed with purposeful panache
    make
    or break
    hopes,
    dreams,
    fears.

  3. Laura, I love your poem. Each line is perfect.

    No Cover-up

    She had a smile
    but I could see
    deep inside
    her misery.

    1. Oh, lovely, Cindy. Sometimes when I see this, it’s so hard to know what to respond to, the face someone is trying to put on or what they’re really feeling. In public, I usually go along with what they are trying to project, though I’m sure that’s not always the right thing to do. But when you’re trying to hold it together, one insightful, sympathetic client can blow my composure to bits…

  4. Amen, Laura, to both your verse and the tiny things in large packaging. My grandmother loved quotes and passed that love onto me. My verse contains words from one of her favorites; grandma was born in 1892, credit to this poet born in 1893 (Dorothy Parker).

    Grandma Speak

    Transparency we seek
    not in ourselves alone;
    beauty, skin deep
    ugly, through to the bone,

  5. poem By Jessica Bigi

    Yahtzee Seasons

    sipping lemony cubs
    they crunch atoms yards
    marshmallow giggles
    snowflake scatter
    tables dice turning into
    hand-full of petals

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