Snowpeople [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 hope you’re not offended that I’m still using snow-related photo prompts, but you know March and April are the snowiest months here in Minnesota!

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. a party of snowmen
  2. what would a snowman on a mug of a hot drink think?
  3. do holiday decorations talk about us when we’re not around

And here’s my first draft. 


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







42 Responses

  1. Good Morning Laura and Poets!

    I’m not offended at all. I love snowmen. They are wonderful — homemade by kids are the best! I’m on spring break and loving the rest, time with my teens (oh, the jokes, folks!) and driving through the drizzly Virginia countryside to colleges for consideration. I feel a bit like a snowman knowing spring is on the way as my kids grow up, thinking about leaving us.

    Today, I wrote a Skinny. I learned of this form in the February poem celebration. It’s brief and line 2,6 & 10 must be the same.

    Skinny Snowmen

    button eyes
    berry mouth
    winter story told

    1. I watched the Skinny form but never caught that there were repeated lines. Winter story told says it all. We are deep into spring down south. Snowmen are but a dream.

    2. What a fun form. I like how you repeat the word “smiling” to tell the snowman’s story.

    3. Thanks for the new “skinny” form for poetry. Yours worked out well left me smiling.

    4. Thanks for introducing me to the skinny, Linda. I’m having that same slightly melancholy feeling, as our only local daughter is moving next month 2–1/2 hours away. Love your poem–just got flap copy for my spring 2019 book, SNOWMAN-COLD=PUDDLE!

  2. Ceramic warming slowly
    to the liquid gold within
    Snowman unaffected
    not melted- just chillin!

  3. My home was hit with 10 inches this past weekend- in Indiana! (And fortunately I wasn’t there- SPRING BREAK!)


    We thought it left,
    but it came back
    with another
    snow attack!

    1. Aw, I bet it was beautiful when you came home. Love the put-upon voice here, though.

  4. Laura, love the snowmen. Even though Spring has officially arrived, I still have a few winter items sitting around. By the way, I have the exact same ceramic snowman as the large one on the right in the picture. He is a jolly old soul and gives Santa a bit of competition in this household.

    And the Winner is … ?

    Both snow themed
    Santa’s days numbered
    thus Snowman
    received the longevity prize.

    1. Too funny. I do love snowman themed decorations. At least half of our “Christmas decorations” are actually snowmen.

  5. I can’t believe you all are still suffering with the snow!

    Come to Kauai.
    You’ll have fun.
    We always have
    Plenty of sun.

    Happy Thursday. We know it is the end of winter because the whales are migrating.

    1. It’s not suffering. Snow is gorgeous! Though I would also love to see migrating whales:>)

  6. When I lived up north, I didn’t want any more snow come spring, but what about the poor snowmen? I am using a new form called a hay(na)ku tanka: 1,2,3,2,1 words per line or the reverse.

    snowmen” wait
    all winter to
    have their

    1. Interesting form, Lauren. I want to give it a try! Before living in Minnesota, I would have laughed at the thought of spring snowmen. Not anymore:>)

    1. Buffy, it’s nice to think of a snowman being appreciative, even though he goes through so much to become one. I’m sure a child’s happiness adds to the appreciation.

    2. Yes to snowman appreciation! It always cheers me up to drive by a snowman:>)

  7. It seemed like spring till last Sunday, when it snowed all day. I have one valiant daffodil that stood tall through a weekend of snow. Now it’s warming up again, and sunny!

    Snowman on the mantel,
    carrot-nosed and round,
    eager for a snowstorm,
    grinning winter clown.

    —Kate Coombs

    1. Kate, nicely done. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a snowman who wasn’t grinning.

  8. poem By Jessica Bigi

    Coco the kitty
    love buttery frosted
    snowman cookies there even
    beater in February and March

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