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.
In Duluth a couple weeks ago, we went to the Lake Superior Marine Museum like we always do. I snapped a few pictures, including this one. My husband and I and our niece and nephew hopped into Lake Superior for a few minutes (40 degrees year-round) that week. Brrrr. But fun!
But just this week in Duluth, a girl and her father died swimming in the Lake. There were riptide warnings and 5- to 7-foot waves right near shore. Never underestimate the power of Lake Superior. Thinking about these experiences and having just read two fantastic middle grade novels (Maybe a Fox and The Notations of Cooper Cameron) that both somehow incorporate drowning or a fear of drowning, water is on my mind.
This image makes me think of several things:
- Cheerios cereal everywhere when my kids were little
- Lifesavers Storybooks in Christmas stockings
- How is it that I have NEVER thought about why Lifesavers candies are called that? I literally never made the connection before.
And here’s my first draft. I was going to do a list poem of different kinds of lifesavers, some serious, some humorous, but then it turned into a Can Be… poem and stayed on the more serious side. I don’t write about politics, but my anxieties are coming out in my poems anyway.
It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)