Statue [15 words or less]


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

15WOLs

Here’s a pic I snapped in Vegas last spring. It makes me think of:

1)?a’deck of cards
2)?gila monsters and how their bacteria-laden saliva is what kills their prey
3) standup paddleboarding

And here’s my?first draft:

Conqueror

I?rule over
?? land
?? man
?? beast

Next,
the skies
must’sink

low before
Me

–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!??(Title doesn’t count toward word count:>)?

 

86 Responses

  1. Wow, Laura! What a powerful poem- makes me think of pride before a fall!

    NEVER ENDING…

    Dragon defeater-
    must be a repeater:
    Another and his brother
    and then their mean mother!

    1. Yup, this guy’s pretty convinced he is all that! A dragon-slayer’s work is never done!

  2. Wow, Laura! What a powerful poem- makes me think of pride before a fall!

    NEVER ENDING…

    Dragon defeater-
    must be a repeater:
    Another and his brother
    and then their mean mother!

    1. Yup, this guy’s pretty convinced he is all that! A dragon-slayer’s work is never done!

  3. Knight
    What shape
    Cookie-cutter
    Shaped your world
    Clubs- hearts- spades
    folding on a ace

    Laura I like your poem I went with your card idea

    1. Laura did you notice the the cloud in your pic looks like a blue wail 🙂

      1. Hehe–nope, not until you just pointed that out! See, I took ocean pics in the desert that is Las Vegas!

  4. Knight
    What shape
    Cookie-cutter
    Shaped your world
    Clubs- hearts- spades
    folding on a ace

    Laura I like your poem I went with your card idea

    1. Laura did you notice the the cloud in your pic looks like a blue wail 🙂

      1. Hehe–nope, not until you just pointed that out! See, I took ocean pics in the desert that is Las Vegas!

  5. Definitely an interesting statue, man over beast? I like that you included the sky that seemed below him.

    At heaven?s keyhole,
    my journey ends.
    Called to lay down my armor,
    to make amends.
    Linda Baie ? All Rights Reserved

    1. I love the first line
      But this short of makes me fill sad I just lost my mom last month to cancer

  6. Definitely an interesting statue, man over beast? I like that you included the sky that seemed below him.

    At heaven?s keyhole,
    my journey ends.
    Called to lay down my armor,
    to make amends.
    Linda Baie ? All Rights Reserved

    1. I love the first line
      But this short of makes me fill sad I just lost my mom last month to cancer

  7. “Like” and Share

    They pooh-pooh
    Facebook, but I
    revel in ducklings,
    kittens, alligator
    wrestling, and
    connections made.

    Diane Mayr, all rights reserved

  8. “Like” and Share

    They pooh-pooh
    Facebook, but I
    revel in ducklings,
    kittens, alligator
    wrestling, and
    connections made.

    Diane Mayr, all rights reserved

    1. I love how you evoke sympathy, or at least empathy, here. We have all been in this position before…

    1. I love how you evoke sympathy, or at least empathy, here. We have all been in this position before…

  9. Thoughts from a Ruler’s Reptile

    Can’t move.
    Must stay still.
    But I hurt,
    feeling ill.
    Achoo!
    Oops!
    What a spill!

  10. Thoughts from a Ruler’s Reptile

    Can’t move.
    Must stay still.
    But I hurt,
    feeling ill.
    Achoo!
    Oops!
    What a spill!

  11. Enlightenment

    Sitting Buddha
    arms akimbo
    receives with grace
    the gift of gratitude
    from his
    adherent.

    Laura, I love the confidence and lack of intimidation in your verse. I needed that today. No disrespect intended with the Buddha’s pointed head.

    1. Thanks, Martha. My favorite line is “arms akimbo” (who could not love that word!) and the last word in your poem. And all the g sounds.

  12. Enlightenment

    Sitting Buddha
    arms akimbo
    receives with grace
    the gift of gratitude
    from his
    adherent.

    Laura, I love the confidence and lack of intimidation in your verse. I needed that today. No disrespect intended with the Buddha’s pointed head.

    1. Thanks, Martha. My favorite line is “arms akimbo” (who could not love that word!) and the last word in your poem. And all the g sounds.

  13. Silly cry of a knight

    Sky so high
    Blue as oceans tied
    dragon-fly
    save a silver wail
    Silver stars silver sky

    1. Blue as ocean’s tide is lovely–not just the ocean as a whole, but specifically the tide coming in. Such a nice detail.

  14. Silly cry of a knight

    Sky so high
    Blue as oceans tied
    dragon-fly
    save a silver wail
    Silver stars silver sky

    1. Blue as ocean’s tide is lovely–not just the ocean as a whole, but specifically the tide coming in. Such a nice detail.

    1. To be of the world or not–what a brisk, light poem to encapsulate that question!

    1. To be of the world or not–what a brisk, light poem to encapsulate that question!

  15. What a fun image! So much to explore in it. The confident pose of the hunter/warrior got me thinking a bit about the dangers of hubris. Here’s what I wrote:

    Proud of his spear,
    he stands upon a lizard
    and forgets to look back.

    1. That pride is exactly what inspired my poem, too–I love that he’s on the back of the lizard and forgets to look back. Even though you only use the word “back” one time, I hear it twice.

  16. What a fun image! So much to explore in it. The confident pose of the hunter/warrior got me thinking a bit about the dangers of hubris. Here’s what I wrote:

    Proud of his spear,
    he stands upon a lizard
    and forgets to look back.

    1. That pride is exactly what inspired my poem, too–I love that he’s on the back of the lizard and forgets to look back. Even though you only use the word “back” one time, I hear it twice.

  17. * It’s 16 words but I still like it. 🙂 *

    BIG BROTHER?S BIG TALK
    I stand tall
    Above you
    All as king.
    What?s that Mom?
    I didn?t say a thing.

    © Charles Waters 2014 all rights reserved.

  18. * It’s 16 words but I still like it. 🙂 *

    BIG BROTHER?S BIG TALK
    I stand tall
    Above you
    All as king.
    What?s that Mom?
    I didn?t say a thing.

    © Charles Waters 2014 all rights reserved.

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