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 glad you’re here.
Randy and I were killing time during a showing recently. We sat outside at a Freddy’s, and as I drank my Diet Coke and lost at Scrabble, I also took a few pics, like this one of the inside of the umbrella we sat under.
This image makes me think of:
- the nuclear power symbol (maybe spot-on for fast food?)
- a stained glass window
- my sister’s bicycle that got stolen when we were kids and how my dad chased a kid down the street when he spotted the kid on my sister’s bike (the banana seat was the giveaway!)
And here’s my first draft. I do not think all manmade things are ugly and cold, and that all natural things are beautiful (not big on deserts, for instance). But this is what came out, and I think it’s sorta, kinda, mostly true. Also, it’s not my first-first draft. I originally had “messy glory” as the last line, but I wanted a longer line so that the rhythm would feel as weighty as the first stanza’s. And I liked “disorderly” as it shared the “or” sound of “glory.” So, I changed it:>)
It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count)