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.
Going through the Atlanta airport for NCTE recently, I was enchanted by this ceiling in one terminal hallway. It was dark and hushed, and then wildlife sounds would play. And in the center was an open section of “sky.” Occasionally, a flock of birds would fly across the blue screen. It was so relaxing. An instant de-stresser. A great reminder that reality is what we perceive at any moment. Yes, it’s a busy, hectic world. But also, there is beauty and calm, and rainforest noise to ease our moods. This image makes me think of several things:
- finishing a jigsaw puzzle to realize ONE piece is missing
- camouflage pants
- “The Veldt,” by Ray Bradbury (love that story–click here to see just the text in a Word doc)
And here’s my first draft. I was thinking about sound effects and computer generated images and weird, jagged pieces could create the feeling of something manmade and violent or something natural and relaxing–a little escape.
It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)