Spark [15 Words or Less Poems]

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.

Minnesota Brass...Now Boarding
Photo: Laura P. Salas

 

Thank you for your continued kindness and support regarding my mom’s passing. I wish my dad was online and could have the kind of warm, embracing community that I have. 

I attended a drum corps show in Farmington, MN, a couple of weeks ago, and I finally got to see the Minnesota Brass show. This year’s show is Now Boarding, all about the early years of popular commercial flight.  I’ve been very uninvolved this season, with little time or energy to volunteer. But it was so great to see people and enjoy a night of music and performances and catching up.  This image makes me think of:

  1. a party of fireflies
  2. a parade
  3. a candelabra

And here’s my first draft. 

Minnesota Brass 15wol 

Blanket statement for July/August. Hope you’re having a wonderful summer. Mine is overwhelmingly busy and emotional. When you Comment, I get an email, and I will be doing my best to read every poem you guys write. But my availability over the summer to comment on each poem will be limited. I hope you’ll write because you love it and enjoy this community. Please know I value your participation, even if I am not able to respond much this July and August.

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

11 Responses

  1. Laura, keeping you in my prayers.

    TAKEOVER!

    The band has fun
    out on the field.
    Forget the game-
    The band won’t yield!

  2. It is good to see you back, Laura. Wishing you strength and calm with all you have going on.

    In swirling,
    twinkling
    constellations,
    fireflies
    greet
    the stars.

  3. Good morning Laura. Happy to read that you enjoyed a little R&R.

    August

    Sky bluer
    air crisper
    sunlight wiggles
    toward Fall
    school grounds alive
    with excitement
    new beginnings.

  4. They looked like a team setting out to capture some huge bugs in big nets, so I pictured a monstrous butterfly invasion, of course.

    Get
    a net!
    Super sized
    butterflies
    Hovering over
    Covering clover
    Flip-flap,
    Trapped!
    Clap!

  5. What an interesting picture this week. The shape of your poem is flag like too, how clever!

    They picked me,
    I’m one of four
    To carry a flag
    With the flag corps.

  6. I’ve been thinking of you, hoping you can find a bit of respite in these tough and busy weeks, Laura. I love the word “spinspark”!

    Friday Nights

    There’s flash in our dash down the green.
    Notes soar, crowd roars! Football scene.
    Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved

  7. Laura hope that you are doing okay I love this pic and your poem

    poem by Jessica Bigi

    Golden flowing bubbles
    beams of glowing moon
    blueberry farriers marching
    under skies firefly-stars
    summer nights

  8. Love the firefly glow of this picture!

    Friday Nights in the Stands

    football fans ignore
    the half-time show;

    marching-band supporters
    clap, cheer,
    glow!

  9. p.s. Continued hugs as you and your family mourn the loss of your beloved mom. No words could truly honor the wonder of a mother. xox

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