Who, Me? [15 Words or Less Poems]

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Here’s my next pic taken in March on the way home from South Bend, IN to Minneapolis, MN.

Airplane 15wol
Photo: Laura P. Salas


This image makes me think of:

  1. a frog
  2. my bug-eyed beagle, Capt. Jack Sparrow
  3. crab eye stalks

But I didn’t write about any of those things. I wrote about a baby bird, a fledgling whose mother wants it to fly. And, here’s my first draft. 

i cant fly 15wol


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

34 Responses

  1. Laura, I smiled at the fact that your poem was something other than what the photo reminded you of, and the last is sweet. I’m sure that miniatures of the items in the picture are sold in the toy section of retailers,

    It’s All Relative

    jet bridge
    air hose
    all giants
    in the child’s playroom.

    1. The planes seem like giants to me. I always marvel that pilots can fly them.

      1. Thank you Lauren. I really like the rhythm and rhyme of your verse. It captures the picture perfectly.

    2. I love your take on this pic and the line a about a child’s toy room

    3. Thanks, Martha. This is too funny, because one of the other pictures I’ll be using soon is of an airplane climbing toy/playground inside the airport! I like how you have giants in one line and child in the next.

  2. Love the question in yours, Laura. I was taken by how the plane looks like its smiling.

    My pilots are trained;
    my body’s maintained.
    Now come — let’s fly.
    We have the whole sky.

    1. Makes perfect sense- so why am I still hesitant to get on one? 🙂 Enjoyed the rhyming.

    2. Thanks, Lauren. Yours is so compact and neat. I love the energy at the end!

  3. I still find the fact that airplanes can fly amazing. And I’m still waiting for them to flap their wings like birds!


    I rumble
    along tarmac,
    sun warm
    on my back.
    till I fly
    into sky.

    —Kate Coombs

    1. This makes me think about how ungainly objects suddenly are so perfectly graceful when they’re in their just-right environment. Like hippos in the river or planes in the sky. Love your near rhyme (and I’m not always a fan of that)!

    1. Arounda-ground
      does it take sky bound I love how these words work together and their sounds in your poem

    2. Wow–you packed a lot in here, Donna! I love the idea of the plane waking up skybound!

  4. Airplane Rhyme

    Zooming sky word
    zigzagging loops
    tying laces of clouds
    blue sky sneakers
    flashing neon eyes

    poem By Jessica Bigi

  5. A giant monster dragonfly!

    I wait for him to blink an eye

    then escape- bye-bye!

    1. this is cute and fun I like that you saw a dragonfly and love the ending

  6. I almost couldn’t come up with anything this morning. Picture just looked jumbled.
    Finally — an idea!

    What is it?

    A bird,
    What can it do?
    Take parcels to you.
    Enormous drone.

    1. Love the bouncy rhythm of first 6 lines–interesting contrast in the last one!

  7. I dropped by in advance of poetry friday (thanks early for hosting tomorrow) and lo and behold, a lark! I’m happy to leave a little poem here:

    Red Jetting Hood

    Through the sky,
    to grandmother’s house, I go, I go.
    To grandmother’s house, I go!

    Thanks for the fun! 🙂

  8. I’ve always been fascinated by photos of objects that look like faces, and on family trips we look for cars and trunks with grinning fronts. While looking up the name of this phenomenon, I learned that it’s often associated with OCD. Don’t want to think about what this says about my family…

    Pervasive Pareidolia

    Tree trunks ogle
    Headlights stare
    Fan-jets gawk
    Windows glare

    They’re watching.…beware!

    1. Love your poem! Especially the warning at the end- “faces in places” is delightful.

    2. I’m always seeing faces on manmade objects–and I have two family members with OCD. Interesting that there’s a connection. Love this poem–the idea of tree trunks ogling is too fun!

  9. Colour my world
    Just like this picture
    Dreams can come true
    A pilot

    A fixture

    Anne McKenna

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