Winter Sky [15 Words or Less]

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. 

Thank you for your poems last week! In case you’re wondering, that was a filtered picture of water pouring into my bathtub. The orange “straw” at the right center edge is the stream of water, and the rest is the roiling water in the tub.

Today’s image comes from a supermoon night. My moon pictures never come out, because the moon looks so much lovelier and larger to my eye than to my cell phone! But the magic of filters enhances it:>)

Moon Over Rooftops
Photo: Laura P. Salas

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. a giant dragonfly
  2. a robin’s nest with eggs in it (in sky, below and to left of moon)
  3. Peter Pan and air raids in London during WWII

And here’s my first draft. 

At Night in Winter

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

NOTE: I’m at a school visit today–on World Read Aloud Day! Excited to read my new picture book to kids for the very first time! And I will be on a school visit next Thursday as well. That means no comments from me on these days, but I trust this busy and kind community to do your thing whether I’m here or not:>)







40 Responses

  1. Sky bow tie
    evening occasion
    top hat
    woman at the door
    in pearls

    Enjoy your school visit today. There is nothing better than a group of children listening to story. I’m so happy they get so see the new book!

    Funny how we see more/different with a camera filter. I love the idea of the moon flying through your window!

    1. One of my brilliant students wrote about the moon as a pearl yesterday. I love how the moon is dressed up in tails. Let’s go dancing.

    2. Bow tie, top hat and pearls. What an image. Thanks Linda. Swept away in royalty!

  2. I left for work a few minutes early yesterday so that I could stop and take some photos. Mixed results. Sometimes you just can’t capture wonder with a lens. Your poem certainly does the job though! I love those “wings of light/studded with stars” and how your filter shows those gleaming moon rays and transforms the moon into a giant dragonfly. Here’s my first draft:

    Wake up!

    Once in a blue moon
    the goddess shimmers
    all is luminous

    Did you even notice?

    1. Love your ending. I was blessed with clear skies for the lunar eclipse. How sad for those who didn’t look up.

    2. Moons, and sunsets are alway photographic failures for me. I’m better off tossing the camera aside, and just enjoying the experience. What an enjoyable poem, loved “all is luminous”.

    1. Kimberly, a beautiful image. I often wonder how much of mother nature’s beauty we miss while sleeping during nighttime.

  3. Enjoy your time away Laura. You will be missed. Love wings of lacy light. Also, fascinated by the reveal of last weeks photo. One can only imagine what life could/would be like within a continuing filter. But, reality it is and we take the bad with the good. For some reason today’s pic brought a “dear alien” to mind.

    Mayday, Mayday!

    Sputtering drone
    exit E. T.
    searching for phone
    in Laura’s home.

      1. Thank you Jean, that is a movie that I will always remember the circumstances at the time I saw it. We were visiting out west and saw the movie in Tuscon AZ, with friends, and we all exited the theater with tears in our eyes. Even the husbands, and there were three of them.

  4. Zoom

    Zoom, zoom here flies the blue moon
    beaming into my

    c. JGAnnino

    I love photos, drawings, paintings of the moon- one finite object accessible to so so many of us.

    The children today & next Thursday are fortunate to meet up with you.

    My donated word is is jar. I’ll add it at the donation box!

    Appreciations for all your 15 words or less Thursdays. I’ve been away from them & am glad to be back.

  5. I love your moonlight winging through the window, Laura. I see an airplane with landing lights on. My poem is to the skill of pilots doing the impossible daily.

    In the sky maze -
    airplanes finding their way
    despite rain or snow,
    fog or haze.

    1. So true Lauren. Thinking how difficult that was in earlier times, and how we trust today’s technology every time we board a plane.

  6. Laura I just love the image of your moon growing lacy wings. For nurses, a full moon means a crazy night! A supermoon may just put us over the edge! I love the reveal on last weeks photo…never would have guessed running water.

    Super moon,
    Halo bright.
    Body braced for fight or flight.
    For Lunacy will rule tonight!


    The Moon was busy making sleet
    that turned into an icy sheet.

  8. Love the image of the moon growing lacy wings. We enjoyed the full moon the other night, but clouds blocked the eclipse.

    Night Shadows

    Winter trees block
    the full moon’s light–
    tall soldiers march
    across the frozen night.

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