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.
Well, friends, I’m back home briefly! Next week, I’ll be at NCTE, and the week after is Thanksgiving. Boy, 2019 has been full of excitement and travel.
My research adventure a couple of weeks ago was aMAZing, thanks to the terrific professionals of Interlake Steamship Company! Here’s a picture I took from the pilothouse of the Paul R. Tregurtha (longest boat on the Great Lakes) as we headed out into Lake Superior. You can see more photos (unfiltered) in my photo album here. Meanwhile, here’s one shot:
To give you a little scale, the pilot house sits atop a four-story building on the stern of the boat, which is more than 1,000 feet long! So imagine a suburban office building sitting on the back of a ship and then still having 900 feet of deck ahead of it. Wow.
This image makes me think of several things:
- sometime it’s not whether or not to cross a bridge, but whether to go an entirely new direction, that leads to adventure
- a watercolor filter makes everything more beautiful
- Lewis and Clark–and other explorers
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.)