Statue [15 words or less poems]

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

Photo: Laura Purdie Salas

15WOLs

I can’t actually remember where I took this picture, even though it was in the past month or so. Oi. But even though it came out blurry, I kind of like it that way.

This image makes me think of:

1) looking at something while you’re crying
2) Thor
3) waking up in a black-and-white movie

And here’s my?first draft.

One Frame

 

Now 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!

 

76 Responses

  1. toot
    ting
    chugs
    chew
    wow
    I’ve
    laid
    down
    tracks
    you
    ride
    trans
    chug
    a
    chew

    Poem By Jessica Bigi

    1. Love that you see a navvy working the railroad! This did not even occur to me from the picture.

        1. I only know the word from Gordon Lightfoot’s Canadian Railroad Trilogy: “We are the navvies who work upon the railway / Swingin’ our hammers in the bright blazin’ sun / Layin’ down track and buildin’ the bridges / Bendin’ our old backs ’til the railroad is done” (complete lyrics at https://play.google.com/music/preview/Tmnlcudjegjr3egkk7kp2nelwgy?lyrics=1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=search&utm_campaign=lyrics&pcampaignid=kp-lyrics)

    2. Yes Jessica. This man could definitely be laying tracks. Nice.

  2. toot
    ting
    chugs
    chew
    wow
    I’ve
    laid
    down
    tracks
    you
    ride
    trans
    chug
    a
    chew

    Poem By Jessica Bigi

    1. Love that you see a navvy working the railroad! This did not even occur to me from the picture.

        1. I only know the word from Gordon Lightfoot’s Canadian Railroad Trilogy: “We are the navvies who work upon the railway / Swingin’ our hammers in the bright blazin’ sun / Layin’ down track and buildin’ the bridges / Bendin’ our old backs ’til the railroad is done” (complete lyrics at https://play.google.com/music/preview/Tmnlcudjegjr3egkk7kp2nelwgy?lyrics=1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=search&utm_campaign=lyrics&pcampaignid=kp-lyrics)

    2. Yes Jessica. This man could definitely be laying tracks. Nice.

  3. Laura,
    Where others see blurry, you see potential! Way to go! I like the emotion showing through here.

    1. There was something about this statue that captured me. Wish I could remember where I saw it!

      1. was it in Ireland or the trip you also took pic of the poll sculptures with the gull

  4. Laura,
    Where others see blurry, you see potential! Way to go! I like the emotion showing through here.

    1. There was something about this statue that captured me. Wish I could remember where I saw it!

      1. was it in Ireland or the trip you also took pic of the poll sculptures with the gull

  5. Wonderful plot!
    Fabulous score!
    Would enjoy
    the opera
    even more
    IF
    I’d brought
    my glasses.

    I couldn’t resist the out-of-focus picture, Laura. Thanks for making Thursdays fun all these years.

  6. Wonderful plot!
    Fabulous score!
    Would enjoy
    the opera
    even more
    IF
    I’d brought
    my glasses.

    I couldn’t resist the out-of-focus picture, Laura. Thanks for making Thursdays fun all these years.

    1. Amelia, I love the mystery in your image — veil, blurs, mist and the lost.

    1. Amelia, I love the mystery in your image — veil, blurs, mist and the lost.

  7. Annual Visit

    Pupils widen
    vision blurs
    darkness soothes.
    Dr. C, is that you?

    Good morning Laura and all. For real, I had my annual checkup with my ophthalmologist yesterday morning and remained in a state similar to the pic for most of the day. I don’t know what instrument he may have been wielding, but I came out okay!

  8. Annual Visit

    Pupils widen
    vision blurs
    darkness soothes.
    Dr. C, is that you?

    Good morning Laura and all. For real, I had my annual checkup with my ophthalmologist yesterday morning and remained in a state similar to the pic for most of the day. I don’t know what instrument he may have been wielding, but I came out okay!

    1. I the how you put magic word in this poem your poem makes me think of King Arthur

    2. Forging — I like that term Kate. He seems less aggressive.

    3. I love the magic word part. The way steel is forged (if I go the literal route) does seem quite magical and mysterious to me. And if I go fanciful, I feel like I’m right in Hobbit or LOTR. Love the repetition of first 2 and last 2 lines.

    1. I the how you put magic word in this poem your poem makes me think of King Arthur

    2. Forging — I like that term Kate. He seems less aggressive.

    3. I love the magic word part. The way steel is forged (if I go the literal route) does seem quite magical and mysterious to me. And if I go fanciful, I feel like I’m right in Hobbit or LOTR. Love the repetition of first 2 and last 2 lines.

  9. I kept blinking my eyes, trying to focus. Ha!
    I used your idea of “gods.”

    Olympics of the Gods

    Swing and swirl.
    Heave and hurl.
    Throw that hammer far.
    Win the golden star.

  10. I kept blinking my eyes, trying to focus. Ha!
    I used your idea of “gods.”

    Olympics of the Gods

    Swing and swirl.
    Heave and hurl.
    Throw that hammer far.
    Win the golden star.

  11. This looked like an enraged man in encased in wax…thus my poem. I have included its interpretation after it…

    Wax Attacks

    In waxing wax,
    Attacks!
    Whacks!
    Wax rains!
    Wax contains,
    Wax remains;
    Wax reigns!
    Wax wanes.

    In waxing (increasing) wax (rage)
    Attacks!
    Whacks!
    Wax (coating) rains (comes down)!
    Wax (coating) contains
    Wax (coating) remains
    Wax (coating) reigns (wins)!
    Wax (rage) wanes (decreases).

    1. Donna, who knew there are so many uses of the word wax. Great! I rather like that he is possibly made of something as soft as was.

  12. This looked like an enraged man in encased in wax…thus my poem. I have included its interpretation after it…

    Wax Attacks

    In waxing wax,
    Attacks!
    Whacks!
    Wax rains!
    Wax contains,
    Wax remains;
    Wax reigns!
    Wax wanes.

    In waxing (increasing) wax (rage)
    Attacks!
    Whacks!
    Wax (coating) rains (comes down)!
    Wax (coating) contains
    Wax (coating) remains
    Wax (coating) reigns (wins)!
    Wax (rage) wanes (decreases).

    1. Donna, who knew there are so many uses of the word wax. Great! I rather like that he is possibly made of something as soft as was.

    1. Andria, this is so romantic. A true damsel in distress. I love it.

    2. perhaps this is what a peace of marble stone would say to Mikael Angelo

    3. I love this, Andria. So romantic, but not too sappy. Its simplicity and everyday language keeps it powerful but not flowery.

    1. Andria, this is so romantic. A true damsel in distress. I love it.

    2. perhaps this is what a peace of marble stone would say to Mikael Angelo

    3. I love this, Andria. So romantic, but not too sappy. Its simplicity and everyday language keeps it powerful but not flowery.

  13. Hands Can Reach.…

    …or cast away,
    Tongues can teach,
    then lead astray.
    Eyes beseech,
    they blur, betray.

    (sorry for my 15 word or more misdeed today.)

  14. Hands Can Reach.…

    …or cast away,
    Tongues can teach,
    then lead astray.
    Eyes beseech,
    they blur, betray.

    (sorry for my 15 word or more misdeed today.)

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,492 other subscribers

Are You Looking For?

Poetry Friday posts

Classroom Connections posts

All my poetryactions

Go to my Poetry page for:

  • National Poetry Month projects through the years
  • Small Reads Roundups (poems grouped by topic)
  • Introductions to several favorite poetry forms
Tags
#waterpoemproject15 Words or Less Poems20for2030 Painless Classroom Poems50 State Poemsacrosticsactivity pagesactivity sheetALAA Leaf Can Be...Amy Ludwig VanDerwaterA Need to FeedanthologiesanthologyA Rock Can Be...art projectsaudiopoemsawardsbad newsBarbara Juster EsbensenBilly Collinsbiopoemsblog tourbookalikesbook festivalsBookSpeak!book spine poemsbook trailersbop poembyr a thoddaidcafepresscalendar poemsCamp Read-a-LotCan Be... bookscan be... poemsCapstoneCarol Varsalonacascade poemsCatherine FlynnCCRA.W.3CCRA.W.4CCRA.W.5centoschapter bookschoral compositionschristina rossetticinquainsCLAclassified ad poemsclassroom connectionclassroom connectionsClover Kittyconferences and conventionscrown sonnetscybilsdansaDare to DreamDavid Elliottdeeper wisdom poemdefinitosdiamantesdiversitydizaindodoitsuDot DayDouglas Floriandownloadablesdrum corpse.e. cummingsekphrastic poemsepistolary poemsequation poemsessentialethereeseventsexquisite corpseFairy Tale Garage Salefamilyfibonaccifiction picture booksfinding familyfirefightersforeign editionsfound poemsfree author zoomsfree versefrom studentsgeesegeorgia heardghazalGift Taggiveawaygolden shovelgoldilocksgratitudehaikuheart of aheart of a teacherHeidi MordhorstHelen FrostHighlightshow-to poemshow to make a rainbowI Am FromI Am poemsidiomsif you want to knit some mittensIf You Were the MoonILAimagepoemsinterviewin the middle of the nightIRAIrelandIrene LathamJ. Patrick LewisJanet WongJoyce SidmanKendraKerlanKidlit Comboslailaura's board booksLaura's booksLaura's poemsLaura's readingsLaura ShovanLee Bennett HopkinsLilian MoorelimericksLinda Booth SweeneyLion of the Skylist poemslittle free librarylive writingLullaby and Kisses Sweetlyricsmadness poetrymargaret simonMarilyn Singermary lee hahnmask poemsMeet My FamilyMelissa StewartMentors for Rentmentor textsmetaphorMichelle Myers LacknerMillbrookMinnesota Book Awardsmoonmy reading lifemy writing processN+7naaninarrative poemsNational Poetry Month 2012 (haiku a day)National Poetry Month 2014 (riddle-ku)National Poetry Month 2015National Poetry Month 2016National Poetry Month 2017 (#wonderbreak)national poetry month 2018 (haiku a day)National Poetry Month 2020National Poetry Month 2021 (#EquationPoem)national poetry month 2022 (sticky-note poems)National Poetry Month 2023 (Digging for Poems)ncteNerdy Book Clubnifty newsnifty stuffNikki Grimesnonfictionnonfiction booksNonfiction Writers Dig Deepnovelsnovels in verseodesOne Minute Till BedtimeoppositifyOskar's VoyagepadletpantoumsparodiesPatreonpeacepersonalpet poemsphotopoetryphrase acrosticspicture booksplagiarismpoempicspoemspoems for two voicespoemsketchpoetic pursuitsPoetry 7poetryactionspoetry activitiesPoetry Blastpoetry booksPoetry FridayPoetry Friday AnthologiesPoetry Princessespoetry promptspoetry sistersPoetry Tips for Teachersprogressive poempublishing processpuddle songPutridquotationsraccontinosRandy Salasread-aloudreadaloudreading poetry in the classroomRebecca Kai Dotlichrecipe poemsrefugeesresearchreviewsrevisionrhyming booksrhyming nonfictionrhyming picture booksRhyming Picture Books the Write Wayrhyming poemsRiddle-kuriddle poemsRock Can Be...Rock the Blogrondeau redoublesRudyard Kiplingsalas snippetsSCBWIschool visitsScotlandseasonssecrets of the loonSELsestinasshrinking daysskinnyskypeslice of lifesmall readssnack snooze skedaddlesnowman-coldsonnetsStampede!storm poemstorytimestorywalkstudent poemsstudent workSylvia VardellTanita Davistankatautogramteachableteacher resourcesteen/adult poemsterza rimasthankfulthank yous and referencesthe business sidethings to do iftracy nelson maurertrioletstunie munson-bensonvideosVikram MadanvillanellevillanellesWater Can Be...wealthy elementaryWe BelongWhat's InsideWhy-kuwinterwonderwonderbreakword of the yearwordplaywordsmithswork for hirewritingwriting bookswriting processwriting promptswriting the life poeticyoung authors conferencesYouTubeZap Clap Boomzenozentangle
Show More Show Less

Join Laura's monthly newsletter for eductators

Get three of Laura's favorite poetry activities when you subscribe to "Small Reads."