Storm [15 Words or Less]

Happy New Year!

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. 

I love a good storm, but I did not get to experience this one. It’s just a filtered version of a public domain image. Can you tell I’m WAAAAAAY behind in  stocking up my blog with images for 15 Words or less? Another thing to add to my get-caught-up list.

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. Zeus
  2. tangled up hair
  3. thirsty fields

And here’s my first draft.



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







52 Responses

  1. Happy New Year! I responded to this poem on twitter faster than I could click on this link to see what you wrote.…and I was on the same page. with Zeus. What a gorgeous photo. Love it.

    Zeus never sleeps alone
    a whole earth his bridesmaid
    careful the fire, husband

  2. I wrote a short cherita with rhyming. Lightning looks like roots to me. It feels like I have more than this, but let’s stop here and not work it more!

    Sky roots

    Pierce earth
    Sudden shoots

    Sting soil
    Singe and sing
    Ensuring future fruits

  3. I saw a dancer.


    Ballerina in a twirl.
    Ruffled tutu gives a swirl.
    Fantasy of little girl.

  4. Good morning, and a stormy morning it is here in the south. We came within an inch of breaking an all-time record for rainfall. Your drenched fields are certainly to be found here. My first thoughts for today were maps for the road and the body.


    V itality
    E nergy
    I ndividualistic
    N avigable
    S ustenance


  5. Storm Watch

    Sitting on the porch
    With Dad…

    Lightning flashing
    Thunder booming
    Storm approaching

    Watching, listening…


    Diane Anderson

  6. The picture made me think of how scared kids and pets can be of such violent storms. A rough draft for sure!

    Some tear
    in fear
    when sky
    lets fly
    lightning bolts
    that jolt -
    at night.

  7. What a beautiful imagine, Laura! A two-hour delay meant I could participate today 🙂 Yay! I could have played with this for a long time and may go back to it later. It feels incomplete but I had fun exploring the river/sky overlap.

    lightning deltas through marshy skies
    earthbound current flows 

    toward illuminated plains

  8. Great prompt & poem, Laura! Since I’m fresh from reading today’s Storystorm prompt, the two combined ????


    A bolt splits
    the cloud.
    Ideas spark,
    down a two-laned
    road leading
    to adventure.

        1. Yay! I love it when a subtle connotation I pick up on was actually intended by the poet! Very skillfully done–glad you didn’t cut that!

  9. This image makes me think of a sudden summer storm descending upon the cornfields around us in high summer, after days of dry and windless heat.

    Here’s my first draft:

    Silver rivers of lightning

    promise cool, soothing rain

    to rows of golden corn…

    sweet relief.

    Thanks for the writing inspiration today, Laura!

  10. Oh I love this image!

    Electric veins
    bubble and throb
    lifeforce courses,
    fields of cob

  11. This is an amazing picture public domain or not. It’s very powerful. Love your “sizzling sky.” I immediately thought of the spark of ideas with Tara Lazar’s Storystorm.


    Neurons fire.
    Dendritic branches inhale.
    Creativity crackles
    across axons allée…

    I am writing!

  12. So sweet Diane. We had a front “parlor” that basically served as an extra room to dust except during a thunder storm. Mother would herd us in, pull the shades and we had to sit until the storm was over. We could talk but not play. A special memory though.

  13. I know this is way moor than 15 but it is what I thought of
    I’m the youngest in my emanate family but have lots of nieces and nephews

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    I’m your Big Sister

    so tinny in my arms
    luau by heart beets
    beating malady’s of life
    most presses gift
    momma and poppa
    ever gave to me
    all bundled in humming goose
    rocking in my arms
    loved in my heart
    pit pat pitter pat

    1. Ooh, I like your poem, Buffy, even more because your poem sparked an image/poem for me, too! Love the sound effects :>)

  14. Love this image. Thanks, Laura!


    The field, lit up,
    by a sky cracked wide
    like a crazed
    China cup

    -by Heather Ferranti Kinser

    1. Some unexpected words in here that I really like, like crazed. And love the touch of rhyme in electrified/wide. Nice!

  15. It made me think of the white roots of plants

    fuzzy roots
    smiling face
    of a daffodil
    rises above

    1. I love that it connected to something happy and beautiful and positive for you, Joy. This does not surprise me at all :>)

  16. I was captured by the color in the image, and seeing it here on your website–on my computer it looks very different than it did on my phone early this morning. I like your take on the scene, your poem fits well with it.
    Here’s my poem–without textured fields…

    Crackling skies disguise
    growing discomfort,
    as blood red encroaches
    skies windowpane…

  17. Damaged
    by Ann Magee

    Porcelain sky shatters,
    rain splatters.
    Mother’s favorite vase is cracked.
    Water drips onto the floor.

    1. This poem really makes me feel what a momentous thing this is–great comparison to the power of a storm!

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