Throne [15 Words or Less]

Hello, and welcome!

It’s March 1, the book birthday for my new picture book, Meet My Family!  It’s all about families, animals, and diversity. Of course, that’s super exciting for me, but I know NOTHING gets in the way of 15 Words or Less :>) Still, I hope you’ll order this title for a friend or check it out from the library. And I’d love it if you could leave a review on Amazon afterward (which helps it get in front of more readers). Thanks!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled program. 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. 

Game of Thrones chair
Photo: Laura P. Salas

 My daughter, Annabelle, made her own version of the Game of Thrones throne. I don’t watch the show or read the books, but the throne is pretty dang cool. This image makes me think of several things:

  1. porcupine
  2. punk rock
  3. toothpicks

And here’s my first draft. I was feeling a bit dark.


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







21 Responses

  1. ooooh, stolen from your history! That’s the chilling part. I like how dark your poem is.

    For Sale

    Gently used
    portable throne

    Handcrafted faux
    Silver and gold

    Financing available
    no money down

    1. This made me laugh, Linda! Annabelle put so much time and love into making her throne!

  2. A palace of ice
    A turret of stone
    And, encrusted with gems,
    The princess’s throne


    You can own
    your very own throne!
    Owner no longer sits-
    constantly flits.

    Flower Power!

    1. Cindy, I love this! A butterfly who no longer needs its chrysalis — genius!

  4. Happy Birthday to “Meet my Family” and wishes for a successful launch. I like your verse and dark works well with today’s picture. I have an almost 22 year old cockatiel. He moults several times a year and the bottom of his cage during moulting season came to mind with today’s photo.

    Peacock Plumes

    Nature’s colors
    too numerous to count
    repurposed as quills
    my collection mounts.

  5. Happy book birthday, proud Mama! Your daughter is VERY crafty!


    I slouch against daggers
    pressed to my back
    listening to the troubles
    of my kingdom …

  6. Welcome to the world “Meet My Family,” looking forward to meeting all these critters!
    Thanks for your chillingly visceral poem Laura—woke me up!

    My razor sharp throne
    It’s mine alone—
    Try stealing my seat, you’ll surely moan!

  7. Primogeniture

    How uncomfortable
    it must be
    to sit upon
    an inherited throne
    upholstered with

  8. Happy Birthday to Meet My Family! What an exciting day! Congrats! On another note, there’s a delightful dose of menace in your poem this week.

  9. Congrats on your book release, Laura! Looking forward to reading it.

    Recycling for Peace

    Golden hilts
    broken from blades
    turned upside-down
    hold candles,

    fight flipped to light.

  10. Laura congratulations on your new book, how exciting! Can’t wait to read it. I love your daughters Game of Throne, throne. I don’t watch the show either, but I’m always so intrigued.

    Crown Me

    A noble piece
    sits ripe to strike,
    jump your foes
    once, twice, thrice.

  11. Gosh, it looked like a bucket of dip pens to me.

    A bucket of pens,
    an ocean of ink
    so many stories
    to tickle me pink.

    Congratulations on your book birthday.

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