Seagull [15 words or less poems]

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Hi, everyone! I took this picture a few weeks ago in Grand Marais, MN, a beautiful little town on Lake Superior. It was a beautiful afternoon, and I got to walk along the lakeshore looking at rocks for a little while before my library presentation. :>) This image makes me think of:

1) a totem pole that comes to life, one animal at a time
2) the song “Witchita Lineman”
3) my friend Michelle Lackner’s book, Finding Hope (Hope is a bear cub)

And here’s my?first draft.

Art Forgery

 

Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!??(Title doesn’t count toward word count:>) If you leave a poem in the comments, and if it’s 15 words or less, I’ll try to respond!

 

98 Responses

  1. Fossilized roars
    Climbing petrified trees
    Great bears
    leave many footprints

    1. I LOVE those fossilized roars, Amelia. Something about the immediacy and volume of a roar contrasted with the ancientness and silence that fossilized implies makes a great contrast!

    2. I like the petrified tree concept. I’m still in awe of the Petrified Forest.

    3. Love ?fossilized roars?. I think of ?sitting and thinking? about ?what was? when I read that.
      (Sorry, left this in the wrong spot before!)

  2. Fossilized roars
    Climbing petrified trees
    Great bears
    leave many footprints

    1. I LOVE those fossilized roars, Amelia. Something about the immediacy and volume of a roar contrasted with the ancientness and silence that fossilized implies makes a great contrast!

    2. I like the petrified tree concept. I’m still in awe of the Petrified Forest.

    3. Love ?fossilized roars?. I think of ?sitting and thinking? about ?what was? when I read that.
      (Sorry, left this in the wrong spot before!)

    1. Margaret, this is so lovely and surreal. I love when a poet takes an action that belongs one place (like swimming) and puts it somewhere else. It’s like an impressionist painting or something…

    1. Margaret, this is so lovely and surreal. I love when a poet takes an action that belongs one place (like swimming) and puts it somewhere else. It’s like an impressionist painting or something…

  3. Clouds and waves make for stiff competition for a statue. Good one, Laura! I like the way you think!

  4. Clouds and waves make for stiff competition for a statue. Good one, Laura! I like the way you think!

  5. how my porridge
    climb a tree
    godly sea gull
    you bring my
    porridge back

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    1. Hehe–a riff on the Three Bears? Is that Goldy Sea Gull instead of godly? Just want to make sure I’m following your train of thought.

    2. Jessica, maybe the bear dropped your porridge in order to climb the tree.

  6. how my porridge
    climb a tree
    godly sea gull
    you bring my
    porridge back

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    1. Hehe–a riff on the Three Bears? Is that Goldy Sea Gull instead of godly? Just want to make sure I’m following your train of thought.

    2. Jessica, maybe the bear dropped your porridge in order to climb the tree.

  7. Love your springing sky, Laura. I wanted to write something lovely, but this is what came to mind.

    Talk to Me, Bear

    My feet are stuck.
    I’m skin and bone -
    how long before
    I turn to stone?

    1. Ellie, that happens to me all the time. Our brains have something different planned:>) This makes me think (despite the title) of long-ago dinosaurs trapped in tarpits and bogs, waiting (well, not really, but you know what I mean) to fossilize. Sigh…

  8. Love your springing sky, Laura. I wanted to write something lovely, but this is what came to mind.

    Talk to Me, Bear

    My feet are stuck.
    I’m skin and bone -
    how long before
    I turn to stone?

    1. Ellie, that happens to me all the time. Our brains have something different planned:>) This makes me think (despite the title) of long-ago dinosaurs trapped in tarpits and bogs, waiting (well, not really, but you know what I mean) to fossilize. Sigh…

  9. Show-Off

    Totem dress code
    is tone-on-tone
    raucous gull
    always
    stands out
    and alone.

    Good morning Laura. Koalas and totem poles and a bear named Hope — such warm, fuzzy feelings interrupted by our friend, the seagull.

    1. Martha, what a fun and cohesive blend of fashion and mood. That seagull–always on the fringe (hehe).

  10. Show-Off

    Totem dress code
    is tone-on-tone
    raucous gull
    always
    stands out
    and alone.

    Good morning Laura. Koalas and totem poles and a bear named Hope — such warm, fuzzy feelings interrupted by our friend, the seagull.

    1. Martha, what a fun and cohesive blend of fashion and mood. That seagull–always on the fringe (hehe).

  11. I liked your poem, Laura. A statue by the lake. Lovely.
    I just kept focusing on that little bear cub.

    Mom! Look at me
    up this tree!
    What should I do?
    Where are you?
    Help!

    1. Ha Ha! Quick change of feelings- from brave and boastful to Help!

  12. I liked your poem, Laura. A statue by the lake. Lovely.
    I just kept focusing on that little bear cub.

    Mom! Look at me
    up this tree!
    What should I do?
    Where are you?
    Help!

    1. Ha Ha! Quick change of feelings- from brave and boastful to Help!

  13. Eye of the Beholder

    From perch so high
    We say eagle-eye
    Not seagull-eye
    I wonder why

    1. Ahhh — the “whys” in life. I like your take on the picture.

    2. Nor do we say “Bear eye”! But I guess there’s a reason for that one! Wait, I just looked that up. Bears see as well as we do. Bad eyesight in bears is a myth! Huh! The things you learn!

  14. Eye of the Beholder

    From perch so high
    We say eagle-eye
    Not seagull-eye
    I wonder why

    1. Ahhh — the “whys” in life. I like your take on the picture.

    2. Nor do we say “Bear eye”! But I guess there’s a reason for that one! Wait, I just looked that up. Bears see as well as we do. Bad eyesight in bears is a myth! Huh! The things you learn!

  15. I’m King of the Hill!
    Not really a hill,
    but still-
    it’s a thrill!

    1. It’s good to find something positive in our circumstances. Cute Cindy.

  16. I’m King of the Hill!
    Not really a hill,
    but still-
    it’s a thrill!

    1. It’s good to find something positive in our circumstances. Cute Cindy.

  17. I love yours, Laura. The sky wouldn’t look like it does without the contrast of the rocks 🙂

    Who put glue on this tree?
    No Maple Syrup for me

  18. I love yours, Laura. The sky wouldn’t look like it does without the contrast of the rocks 🙂

    Who put glue on this tree?
    No Maple Syrup for me

  19. Here are a couple tries at it:

    Overlooking Points of View

    Bear in tree,
    counts the caves;
    Gull of sea,
    watches waves.

    Any Pole in a Storm

    seeking haven
    sea raven
    and cave maven
    find graven birch perch
    overlooking lurching sea.

    1. Donna, I really like both of them. The references to their dwellings comes through in a unique way. I like all of the caves, waves, haven, maven, etc.

  20. Here are a couple tries at it:

    Overlooking Points of View

    Bear in tree,
    counts the caves;
    Gull of sea,
    watches waves.

    Any Pole in a Storm

    seeking haven
    sea raven
    and cave maven
    find graven birch perch
    overlooking lurching sea.

    1. Donna, I really like both of them. The references to their dwellings comes through in a unique way. I like all of the caves, waves, haven, maven, etc.

  21. My computer’s not working, so I don’t know if the comment I just left made it there or not…so pardon the repeat post, if this has already been shared:

    Early Riser

    Sea mist swirls;
    single seagull
    seizes a current and rides,
    suspended
    in a headwind.

    ? ? 2015, Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved

    1. The earlier one was awaiting approval (no idea why), but since you reposted, I’ll just let this one be. So sorry to hear of your computer woes–I saw your Comment at Diane’s blog so was surprised to see you here! I’m a big fan of alliteration, so I love this. Especially lines 1, 4, and 5. They feel like time has stopped. Hope your tech issues resolve over the weekend!

  22. My computer’s not working, so I don’t know if the comment I just left made it there or not…so pardon the repeat post, if this has already been shared:

    Early Riser

    Sea mist swirls;
    single seagull
    seizes a current and rides,
    suspended
    in a headwind.

    ? ? 2015, Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved

    1. The earlier one was awaiting approval (no idea why), but since you reposted, I’ll just let this one be. So sorry to hear of your computer woes–I saw your Comment at Diane’s blog so was surprised to see you here! I’m a big fan of alliteration, so I love this. Especially lines 1, 4, and 5. They feel like time has stopped. Hope your tech issues resolve over the weekend!

  23. TREETOP THOUGHTS
    Perched upon my derriere
    Starting at a baby bear
    Wishing he wasn’t there.

    © Charles Waters 2015 all rights reserved.

  24. TREETOP THOUGHTS
    Perched upon my derriere
    Starting at a baby bear
    Wishing he wasn’t there.

    © Charles Waters 2015 all rights reserved.

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