Window [15 Words or Less Poems]

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.  [Also, subscribers, did you get an email notification this morning that this post was up? I didn’t, and I’m wondering if there’s a glitch.]

airplane window
Photo: Laura P. Salas

Although I don’t like sitting in the window seat on airplanes, I do like craning my neck to see out the window occasionally. My WHOLE row was empty on my flight home from Florida last month, and I scooted over several times to admire the view. This image makes me think of several things:

  1. Prison
  2. The leaking skylight we had in our old house before a bathroom redo
  3. Ships made of clouds

And here’s my first draft. I thought about how I often think it would be so cool to be able to go out and touch the clouds, and how dreamlike that would be. But mostly, I’m just glad the clouds are there, even if I can’t have them (if you know what I mean). That got me thinking about things we wish for for ourselves but have to be content that they are at least there in the world.

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



















21 Responses

  1. You are right Laura it is good to enjoy the thing me do have in our lives

    Poem By Jessica Bigi

    The First T.V

    no sound
    sticky stars
    faded black
    and Wight
    bought one
    to watch
    world series

    1. You are so right Jessica. The frame of the window reminds me of one of the first TV sets I saw, minus the color of course!!!!!

  2. Good morning. I have not yet received the usual E‑mail notification of a post; I went to your website to check things out. I suppose the “sigh“berspace gremlins are at it once again. Anyway, found the picture and it is perfect for this day.

    If Only

    Birds eye view:
    majestic beauty.

    Real time:
    eyes frantically
    search for elusive
    maybes or nots.

    1. Thanks for letting me know, Martha. Yes–the distance and confidence of a bird would be freeing, wouldn’t it?

  3. No email notice- but I came looking for you!


    People live in the clouds up high,
    sitting and watching,
    and sometimes they cry.

    1. So true Cindy. What a poignant picture! Maybe they are watching those below who are crying, especially a child.

    2. Thanks, Cindy! Love this whole little folktale in this simple but so clear language. Feels like looking into a kid’s head!

  4. I did not get the email this morning, so it is floating around up there somewhere…
    This suddenly looked like crashing waves to me, and imagined looking at a storm through a lighthouse window.

    Lighthouse Watch

    Waves charge
    To grimacing
    Safe from storm
    I am.

    Donna JT Smith

  5. I did not get an email notice either…just realized that something was missing from Thursday morning!

    First Flight

    riding wings of hope
    overcoming the pull of despair
    she glides above the storm

  6. Wonderful view on wishing, Laura.

    A Crackled cloud
    through magic glasses.
    Perspective wowed
    ’til enchantment passes.

  7. I so enjoy following along on your poetic journeys, Laura. Love your poem today! Here’s my effort:


    Distance softens
    Earthly turmoil
    From here it all seems
    so minor.

    Don’t land the plane!

    1. Ha! I love this reminder to keep perspective. Isn’t that what draws us (or at least me), in part, to oceans and mountains. That knowledge of bigger things, which makes our problems feel minor. Lovely.

    1. Your poem made me think of the word “stream” and how we use it this way–I never consciously made that connection before!

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