Snowplowasaurus [15 Words or Less Poems]

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I was walking the track at my gym a few weeks ago, and looking out the window, I could see a big tractor-thingy (bulldozer?) removing snow off the roof of the library parking lot. It was windy, and the snow was blowing all over…

snow removal on library roof

This image makes me think of:

  1. a pterodactyl feeding its young
  2. how clouds look so solid from the ground, but then you fly through them, and they’re just mist!
  3. an epic robot battle, with fog pumped in to the arena

And, here’s my first draft. I guess I have robots on the brain lately!

robot rumble 15wol


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

37 Responses


    Head bowed in shame,
    filled with despair,
    but someone is watching
    and saying a prayer.

    1. Good job everyone. I have read all of the comments. Time won’t allow individual replies. I’ll just say goodnight to the Plowasaurus and wish everyone a pleasant evening.

  2. darling dino
    delicately dines
    on dainty dwellings
    destructive dentition

  3. Br-r‑r. What a creature! I love your name for it — Snowplowasaurus.
    I used to live in Wisconsin. I remember snows like that.


    Snowplowasaurus always goes
    for Minnesota’s heavy snows.
    Plenty there to eat,
    except in summer’s heat.

    1. I bet it does what I do- gain weight in winter and lose it in summer!

    2. Fun! Poor snowplowasaurus. I feel its pain in summer (as I’m not a fan of hot weather). 😀

  4. I really like the idea of a mother feeding her infant. Lots of snow around I’m sure. So much in fact that the powers that be have run out of repositories.

    Snow Pantry

    Fallen snow,
    make for lack of space;
    ocean or
    flat rooftops?

    1. Love that, Martha! Those hard sounds in lines 4 and 5 make me hear the snowplow blade scritching! (No snow on ground here in Minnesota right now. Just brown and bare:>( )

    1. Ooh, humbles the hubbub–love that. And triumphant hush. Lovely, Buffy! Totally captures the new snow feel!

  5. This has lots of iterations (and I love that word).
    So. Done. It’s supposed to be quicker, but it took longer to use words the way I wanted to today.
    I think I finally got it. At least by default, I got it, because it is here. Now.

    His Strength

    Weathered arm,
    Bands of steel,
    In love
    I can feel
    Safe from harm.

    1. This is lovely, Donna. So comforting…Those first two lines set such a scene!

  6. I have a revenge fantasy about this one! Or maybe, to be nicer, a friendship? A blanket?

    Snow plow is still.
    In the night snow falls,
    wrapping the silent plow
    in white.

    —Kate Coombs

    1. I think revenge fantasy pretty much sums it up, Kate! Love it. Snow smothers plow.

  7. Design Failures of the Contemporary Architect

    too old fashioned
    howled the modernists,
    constructing roofs
    flat and smug,

    Forgetting snow.

    1. Love this. Utterly perfect, Nancy. I love the roofs are smug like the modernists 🙂

  8. reading
    every book
    in the library
    unknown worlds
    whirlwinds of
    showers of

    poem by Jessica Bigi

    1. Love the very short lines that bulldoze us through the poem, Jessica!

  9. Woe is me
    Cold and lonely
    trapped in a cocoon
    Of utter misery

    Save me !

    Anne McKenna

  10. Went very literal…sort of 🙂

    Extra cups of
    tea on Thursdays–
    Snowplow Day.

    Librarians with backhoes
    keep the books warm.

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