Theater [15 words or less poems]

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15WOLs

The Gordon Lightfoot concert last month was at the beautiful State Theatre in Minneapolis. I always love looking at the architecture and embellishments inside. This (Waterlogued) picture is looking up at the ceiling.

This image makes me think of:

1) Cinderella’s carriage
2) a family Italian dinner (do you see the rigatoni or manicotti?)
3) a cheese grater (see it on the ceiling?)

And here’s my?first draft. I could not think of a single thing to write, so I wrote about that. Bleah.

Pasta Head

 

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!

NOTE: I had a great time with my sister this past week, and I’m sad she has headed back to Florida. Thanks for all the good wishes!

100 Responses

  1. Plain as unsauced spaghetti — love this description. The colors caught my eye in today’s picture.

    Pluto

    Never expected
    a second red planet
    with such a big heart.

    1. Did you watch Nova last night?
      Really fascinating, all about the years the scientists worked on the Pluto project.

  2. Plain as unsauced spaghetti — love this description. The colors caught my eye in today’s picture.

    Pluto

    Never expected
    a second red planet
    with such a big heart.

    1. Did you watch Nova last night?
      Really fascinating, all about the years the scientists worked on the Pluto project.

  3. cosmic comet-pinball
    bumper sky-celling
    on powder blue pages
    sprays of golden graffiti

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    1. I love how you leaped to comet-pinball. I really enjoyed your imaginative images, especially the first two lines.

  4. cosmic comet-pinball
    bumper sky-celling
    on powder blue pages
    sprays of golden graffiti

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    1. I love how you leaped to comet-pinball. I really enjoyed your imaginative images, especially the first two lines.

  5. Grandma’s Quilt

    Nimble fingers,
    needle and thread,
    jumbled colors
    became a spread
    too beautiful
    for my bed.

    1. string of a golden harps sowing infinite not’s on sky-quilts nights you pome made me think of this beautiful

    2. This makes me so happy, Pat. My mom used to be quite the quilter–she just dabbles now… I love those nimble fingers.

  6. Grandma’s Quilt

    Nimble fingers,
    needle and thread,
    jumbled colors
    became a spread
    too beautiful
    for my bed.

    1. string of a golden harps sowing infinite not’s on sky-quilts nights you pome made me think of this beautiful

    2. This makes me so happy, Pat. My mom used to be quite the quilter–she just dabbles now… I love those nimble fingers.

  7. I’ve experienced that “slippery tangle of nothing”, Laura. I like what you wrote despite your chagrin at having “nothing”.

    New Performance Delights

    Boasting
    creativity,
    striking sight
    to see -
    olio, stage front
    usually,
    shifts to a ceiling
    menagerie.
    Linda Baie ? All Rights Reserved

  8. I’ve experienced that “slippery tangle of nothing”, Laura. I like what you wrote despite your chagrin at having “nothing”.

    New Performance Delights

    Boasting
    creativity,
    striking sight
    to see -
    olio, stage front
    usually,
    shifts to a ceiling
    menagerie.
    Linda Baie ? All Rights Reserved

  9. Creation

    Paint pots poised
    On scaffolding high
    Await artist?s touch,
    The alchemy of life.

  10. Creation

    Paint pots poised
    On scaffolding high
    Await artist?s touch,
    The alchemy of life.

    1. I love the thought of firefly’s painting a nighttime window beautiful

    1. I love the thought of firefly’s painting a nighttime window beautiful

  11. Golden rafters high
    Rap-tap echoed stage
    Overwhelming glory
    At so young an age

    Dance recitals for us were held in a gorgeous old theater in our small town. I still remember my first time on that stage.

  12. Golden rafters high
    Rap-tap echoed stage
    Overwhelming glory
    At so young an age

    Dance recitals for us were held in a gorgeous old theater in our small town. I still remember my first time on that stage.

  13. Curtains opened on Act 1.
    Rave reviews when play was done.
    (Star performer? My son!)

  14. Curtains opened on Act 1.
    Rave reviews when play was done.
    (Star performer? My son!)

  15. Laura,
    This poem must accompany those times when people say they’re not thinking of anything.

  16. Laura,
    This poem must accompany those times when people say they’re not thinking of anything.

  17. A ROYAL DAY AT THE RACES

    Opulent velodrome
    of amber, cerise, and tangerine
    Fit for a velocipede
    ridden by the Queen

    Ellen Vojnovic

    1. I love this quirky image! And loved learning “velocipede,” which I didn’t know was the name of those things:>)

    2. Okay, now that I know what the words mean, I love it. I wonder if this queen ever “jousts” on her velocipede.

  18. A ROYAL DAY AT THE RACES

    Opulent velodrome
    of amber, cerise, and tangerine
    Fit for a velocipede
    ridden by the Queen

    Ellen Vojnovic

    1. I love this quirky image! And loved learning “velocipede,” which I didn’t know was the name of those things:>)

    2. Okay, now that I know what the words mean, I love it. I wonder if this queen ever “jousts” on her velocipede.

  19. I sit diminished
    In a forever field of sunflowers,
    Arching under their own weight above me,
    While shiny, black seeds
    Pattern my contemplation.

    1. I like the idea of “patterns” in “contemplation”…interesting and beautiful!

  20. I sit diminished
    In a forever field of sunflowers,
    Arching under their own weight above me,
    While shiny, black seeds
    Pattern my contemplation.

    1. I like the idea of “patterns” in “contemplation”…interesting and beautiful!

  21. Oops! I forgot to count my words. I’ll try again.

    Forever field of sunflowers
    Arches, beams overhead,
    While their onyx, patterned seeds
    Await life’s music.

  22. Oops! I forgot to count my words. I’ll try again.

    Forever field of sunflowers
    Arches, beams overhead,
    While their onyx, patterned seeds
    Await life’s music.

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