Tile Trees [15 Words or Less]

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Tile Tree
Photo: Laura P. Salas

I seem to find some of my favorite art in airports. Isn’t it awesome that art in functional spaces can beautify our lives?

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. prisms
  2. tree umbrellas (which appear in a picture book I have coming out next year!)
  3. animals that spend their whole lives in trees and never see this perspective

And here’s my first draft. 

tile tree

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

NOTE: Thank you for all your beautiful moon poems last week! Once again, I am out on a school visit, so I won’t be able to comment today. But I hope you still enjoy some poem-playing!






57 Responses

  1. Giants pluck trees
    for mops.
    Why not?
    Leaves leaf
    a giant’s
    floor clean!

    Only seeing the world from treetops.…sounds peaceful and a bit tempting.…especially if mango is involved. Nice pic. I love the filters you use!

  2. Laura, I love the rhythm of your poem and the perspective. Such fun! I also loved seeing the green on my screen while looking at the results of last night’s snow storm out my window. Quite a contrast! I had two quick winter-related first drafts to share–

    White path
    white trees
    and white roof-peak
    Where is this green
    of which you speak?


    A riot of colors
    A tangle of leaves
    Hope springs eternal…

    but I need to shovel.

      1. Oh, sometime I have to write about the ruckus in the night. When the snowplow comes and wakes up the dogs who think we must be being invaded by aliens. It’s especially bad when you have grandchildren sleeping, too. That’s another thing that is good to miss!

    1. I like both of your poems! Haven’t experienced the first yet this winter. Our snow has been dealt out in small amounts. Able to sweep it instead of shovel it.


    Reach for the sun
    from a firm foundation.
    Best starting point-
    a high location!

  4. Unless someone like you
    sees the kaleidoscope,
    follows the prism path,
    all will disappear.

    (with a nod to Dr. Seuss)

  5. Laura, you do travel through some fabulous “artsy” airports and thank you for sharing, The pink and black tree trunks took me back to the 50s and the fun of decorating the school gym for prom night. The things we could do with crepe paper!!!

    Retrro Prom Night

    Gym decorated
    student style
    local DJ
    “white sport coat
    pink carnation
    dressed for the dance”

  6. Laura-
    What a lovely painting! I’d love to know the artist’s name.
    Thanks for the inspiration this morning.

    Looking Up
    (a poem in two voices)

    blue sky
    blue sea
    floating under
    kaleidoscope sun
    a tree canopy

  7. I saw a cat’s view of a little girl.

    Tutu Much

    Tutu hovers above
    Legs like spindly birches;
    “Where’s my lap?”
    Her cat searches.

    by Donna JT Smith

  8. Love this photo!

    A Tree Can Be (an homage to Laura!)

    a leafy cathedral
    a sun-shading dome
    a woodpecker’s soundpost
    a sky-scraping home

  9. Hope you have a wonderful school visit
    poem By Jessica Bigi

    The Great Mammoth’s

    Trunks of silver
    Raised skyward
    Each gained swish
    Leafy sailed crunch

  10. I love how Laura’s weekly pictures take us all in different directions. Isn’t it interesting that things look shorter looking up at them than looking down from them?

    Climbing up was fun,
    but from way up here
    looking down
    fills me with fear.

  11. Hope you have a wonderful school visit
    poem By Jessica Bigi

    The Great Mammoth’s

    Trunks of silver
    Raised skyward
    Each giant swish
    Leafy sailed crunches

    1. I can see a mammoth with tusks as thick as trunks slashing his way through the woods. Powerful image. Love the action in “each giant swish.”

  12. Kaleidoscope of colours
    Raining down on me
    To wash away
    all traces of adversity

    Anne McKenna

  13. Laura I love your poem! Your airport art is quite the collection. This particular piece is beautiful.


    Lucky me
    Five eyes to see
    This prism speckled canopy
    Biz, Buzz exclaimed the bumblebee!

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