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.
Hello, writer and educator friends. As I’m clearing out loads of stuff, I keep coming across things full of memories–of my mom, of my kids when they were little, of my own school days, etc. My mom was a quilter, and this tag on the back of one of our quilts says, “Merry Christmas to Laura, Randy & girls, with love, Mom, 1996.” (Annabelle and Madeleine are long names to fit on a heart on the back of a quilt square!) This image makes me think of:
- stitches made out of steel
- the tied wedding quilt she made us, in country peach and blue (combo of which now makes me shudder a bit), which is well-loved and falling apart
- when Maddie had to get stitches in her back (just the word stitches took me there)
And here’s my first draft, which ended up having nothing to do with quilting or stitches, but was instead inspired by all the different ways that parents show their love for their kids.
Blanket statement for July/August. Hope you’re having a wonderful summer. Mine is overwhelmingly busy and emotional. When you Comment, I get an email, and I will be doing my best to read every poem you guys write. But my availability over the summer to comment on each poem will be limited. I hope you’ll write because you love it and enjoy this community. Please know I value your participation, even if I am not able to respond much this month.
It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count)