Sculpture of…? [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. 

Reykjavik Airport
Photo: Laura P. Salas

At the Reykjavik, Iceland airport, this eye-catching statue dominates. I thought it was a berry, as I saw lots of berries on pillows and art while we were there. But looking more closely, maybe it’s something hatching? I couldn’t quickly find info, so I’m leaving it vague! This image makes me think of several things:

  1. ice cream sundae
  2. the claw of a creature climbing out from underground
  3. a dinosaur being born

And here’s my first draft.  dinosaur egg 15wol


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






28 Responses

  1. Too tired for humor today.…and it’s rainy.…I’m thinking of my poor drowning plants.I’m cheating with haiku.

    Laura, love the word Dinosaur! Made me smile.

    This first seed of spring
    unshackled from snow and ice
    summer’s secret code

    1. I think it’s funny that you think haiku is cheating. I love the last line “summer’s secret code.” Wishing you some clear skies.

  2. Laura, your poem makes me think of crowds around the chick incubator at the state fair. Fun!


    Crackling cold,
    still I’m told
    school matters!
    Body shatters.
    Cowlick freezes
    Hope this pleases

    1. Hehe–love that pouty/defiant tone at the end. Hope you’re happy now, Mom! First line is awesome!

  3. I zoomed in on the image and could see a soldier inside the seed. Creepy.

    Inside the cocoon,
    a soldier waits,
    watches, worries–
    the weight is heavy.

    1. Oh, this is lovely, Margaret. I have a friend whose veteran son killed himself recently–the weight is heavy, indeed.

      1. Oh my, I really have no idea where these things come from. So sad.

  4. Good morning. Love the filtered “abstracts.”

    Coming Soon

    A younger sibling for
    Mr. Potato Head
    Hasbro presents
    a mosaic
    Mr. Pumpkin Head!

    1. Thanks, Martha. Hehe–sounds like that would be a big brother, for sure!

      1. Thanks Linda, and I hope the smiles continue throughout your day!

  5. To me, today’s picture looked like an acorn on rocks at water’s edge, which made me think of seeds washed up by waves.

    Drift Distribution

    Floating seeds
    wash onto shore
    spreading flowers,
    fruits, trees and more.

    1. Lovely, Lauren! Seed dispersal is fascinating. Love the compactness of this–and the title.

  6. this is a fun pic I ended up with 3 poems

    poems by Jessica Bigi

    now so clear
    not the egg or
    the pumpkin
    came first

    If only Lines
    would of known
    Grate pumpkins
    only visit in December
    not in October

    Oh pumpkin tree
    Oh pumpkin tree
    Spiced pies will
    Become of thee

    1. I love that some of y’all saw pumpkins–I totally don’t see that, but it makes me smile to think of how we view the same thing! Love that second poem–poor Linus. No wonder he never gets to see the Great Pumpkin! Ha!

  7. Looked like he was going back into his shell…an airport is pretty noisy!

    Too Much To Handle

    He slipped
    back in
    To escape
    the din
    Patched the hole
    to where he’d been.

    by Donna JT Smith

    1. Oh, fabulous! I love that you went the opposite direction with the picture!

    1. Love the rhythm and alliteration today, Buffy! Those last two lines feel so…satisfying, somehow.

    1. Ooh, I’m intrigued. I suddenly feel in the mood to watch Star Trek!

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