Silk [15 words or less poems]

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Photo: Laura Purdie Salas
Photo: Laura Purdie Salas

Wake up your poetry brains with 15 Words or Less (guidelines here)!

15WOLs

Here’s a picture I took in the woods on my birthday. I LOVE that silky seedhead–so gorgeous! This image makes me think of:

1) shucking corn
2) a fiber-optic light
3) fiberglass insulation and the way it makes a million tiny cuts on your skin

And here’s my?first draft.

 

Corn

Sleek green cloak
over gossamer sweater:

dinner dress code for the
4th of July

–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!??(Title doesn’t count toward word count:>)?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

112 Responses

  1. NATURE’S FIREWORKS

    Exploding seeds
    leap from weeds!
    Drift in the breeze.

    Sparrows ask for more,
    please.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Laura. I’m thankful that you give us the fun opportunity to create! I look forward to Thursdays.

    1. Thanks, Cindyb! Wow–you got a lot of drama out of this wispy picture. It’s like magic:>)

  2. NATURE’S FIREWORKS

    Exploding seeds
    leap from weeds!
    Drift in the breeze.

    Sparrows ask for more,
    please.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Laura. I’m thankful that you give us the fun opportunity to create! I look forward to Thursdays.

    1. Thanks, Cindyb! Wow–you got a lot of drama out of this wispy picture. It’s like magic:>)

  3. It’s Time

    The littlest angel
    emerges from year-long sleep,
    grooms her wings,
    takes her place of honor.

    Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for this weekly gathering of like minds, and especially thankful to Laura for providing the venue. Thanksgiving seems to be the “go” for turning on the Christmas lights and I think I see a tiny face with big eyes amid the gossamer.

  4. It’s Time

    The littlest angel
    emerges from year-long sleep,
    grooms her wings,
    takes her place of honor.

    Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for this weekly gathering of like minds, and especially thankful to Laura for providing the venue. Thanksgiving seems to be the “go” for turning on the Christmas lights and I think I see a tiny face with big eyes amid the gossamer.

  5. bearded Ho- Ho ‑Ho’s
    dance wind-stories
    cartwheel across starry sky’s
    wishing — wishing-wishing
    we fly

    1. Happy Thanksgiving, Laura I’m thankful for all of you I love our group hope you all have a wonderful day

  6. bearded Ho- Ho ‑Ho’s
    dance wind-stories
    cartwheel across starry sky’s
    wishing — wishing-wishing
    we fly

    1. Happy Thanksgiving, Laura I’m thankful for all of you I love our group hope you all have a wonderful day

  7. Many thanks, Laura, for making me late for work every Thursday morning! Only kidding. I look forward to your challenge and appreciate the fine people who participate and comment week after week.

    November wind
    every milkweed pod
    empties

    Diane Mayr, all rights reserved

    1. Hehehe–happy to be your tardiness causer. I could make it go live at 4:45 if that would help any;>) This is so short, but it feels at least 15 words long because of the sounds in it. Love the finality of that last line.

  8. Many thanks, Laura, for making me late for work every Thursday morning! Only kidding. I look forward to your challenge and appreciate the fine people who participate and comment week after week.

    November wind
    every milkweed pod
    empties

    Diane Mayr, all rights reserved

    1. Hehehe–happy to be your tardiness causer. I could make it go live at 4:45 if that would help any;>) This is so short, but it feels at least 15 words long because of the sounds in it. Love the finality of that last line.

  9. wishing words
    flowed smooth
    as silk
    when the page
    is empty,
    the mind brimming

    I am truly grateful to you, Laura, and all the players on Thursdays!

    1. Those last three lines…yup. That’s it. It’s the challenge of all writers. And I’m thankful for all of you:>)

    2. I have often had that same wish! Don’t wishes come true if you blow the silk from one of those weeds? I think I’ll try it next time I am staring down an empty page!

  10. wishing words
    flowed smooth
    as silk
    when the page
    is empty,
    the mind brimming

    I am truly grateful to you, Laura, and all the players on Thursdays!

    1. Those last three lines…yup. That’s it. It’s the challenge of all writers. And I’m thankful for all of you:>)

    2. I have often had that same wish! Don’t wishes come true if you blow the silk from one of those weeds? I think I’ll try it next time I am staring down an empty page!

  11. I love how you can follow a speck of dust in a ray of light. Here’s to light in your Thanksgiving Day.

    Light follows anything it finds,
    dust, a kitten whisker–
    then holds on
    for dear life.

    –Margaret Simon

    1. I love the sense of urgency in this, Margaret! And that kitten whisker–great detail.

  12. I love how you can follow a speck of dust in a ray of light. Here’s to light in your Thanksgiving Day.

    Light follows anything it finds,
    dust, a kitten whisker–
    then holds on
    for dear life.

    –Margaret Simon

    1. I love the sense of urgency in this, Margaret! And that kitten whisker–great detail.

  13. Autumn breeze
    turns soft silk tufts
    into dancing fairies

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Thank you for running this lovely website and inspiring us all, Ms. Salas 🙂

    1. Wonderful image, Amelia! I’m thankful for you–for all of you–sharing your beautiful work with us all!

  14. Autumn breeze
    turns soft silk tufts
    into dancing fairies

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Thank you for running this lovely website and inspiring us all, Ms. Salas 🙂

    1. Wonderful image, Amelia! I’m thankful for you–for all of you–sharing your beautiful work with us all!

  15. Thanks to you all, and especially Laura (who, by the way, is quite the photographer!).

    Thanksgiving

    Prayers of thanks,
    thin strands of light
    floating heavenward.

    ?Kate Coombs

  16. Thanks to you all, and especially Laura (who, by the way, is quite the photographer!).

    Thanksgiving

    Prayers of thanks,
    thin strands of light
    floating heavenward.

    ?Kate Coombs

  17. Thank you Laura for your wonderful prompts, great poetry, and encouraging warmth! Happy Thanksgiving, all!

    Drifting
    floating
    like milkweed fluff,
    hoping to grow roots
    in fertile ground.

  18. Thank you Laura for your wonderful prompts, great poetry, and encouraging warmth! Happy Thanksgiving, all!

    Drifting
    floating
    like milkweed fluff,
    hoping to grow roots
    in fertile ground.

  19. Sly silk strands,
    Silver thread dancing in golden sunlight
    Before escaping on wind’s breath.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am thankful for these wonderful poetry prompts every Thursday. I am also thankful for the warm blankets of snow that have fallen recently.
    I wish everyone a good time today!

  20. Sly silk strands,
    Silver thread dancing in golden sunlight
    Before escaping on wind’s breath.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am thankful for these wonderful poetry prompts every Thursday. I am also thankful for the warm blankets of snow that have fallen recently.
    I wish everyone a good time today!

  21. Beneath the canopy silent sprinklers
    Squat, squirting
    Silver cascades of seed-splashes
    Across the forest floor.

    1. Love the imagery of “silver cascades”…I would like to be under that canopy when the silent sprinklers are working !

  22. Beneath the canopy silent sprinklers
    Squat, squirting
    Silver cascades of seed-splashes
    Across the forest floor.

    1. Love the imagery of “silver cascades”…I would like to be under that canopy when the silent sprinklers are working !

  23. Thanks so much for 15 Words, Laura :?) I’m thankful to read so many magical words every Thursday! Thanks to the poets who gather here.

    Decorating for Christmas

    Ah! A legendary Christmas tree
    by spiders on a tinsel spree.

    1. Me too, Penny:>) Ooh, now I’m going to see spiders and seedheads every time I see tinsel this holiday season:>)

  24. Thanks so much for 15 Words, Laura :?) I’m thankful to read so many magical words every Thursday! Thanks to the poets who gather here.

    Decorating for Christmas

    Ah! A legendary Christmas tree
    by spiders on a tinsel spree.

    1. Me too, Penny:>) Ooh, now I’m going to see spiders and seedheads every time I see tinsel this holiday season:>)

  25. A SWEATER FOR A SPRITE
    (or…How Fairies Survive the Winter)

    In early morn Pixies fly
    gathering angel hair
    for winter-wear
    weaving til dusk is nigh

    Ellen Vojnovic

  26. A SWEATER FOR A SPRITE
    (or…How Fairies Survive the Winter)

    In early morn Pixies fly
    gathering angel hair
    for winter-wear
    weaving til dusk is nigh

    Ellen Vojnovic

    1. This is beautiful, Charles–evocative. And it has a sort of different feeling than a lot of your poetry. Interesting to see the different poetics sides of people:>)

    1. This is beautiful, Charles–evocative. And it has a sort of different feeling than a lot of your poetry. Interesting to see the different poetics sides of people:>)

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