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.
I took this picture at a drum corps rehearsal over the summer, and it makes me think of several things:
- Olympic torch
- a sparkler
- a ladder to the moon
This made me think of writing “Laura” or “Happy New Year” (never could finish that one) with sparklers in the air on New Year’s Eve. Standing in the driveway, in the dark, holding light in my hand and making my temporary little mark on the world.
Here’s my first draft.
It’s funny how I complain about light pollution, because I want to see the stars and planets in the sky at night. But there is also a beauty to our electrical presence on earth, especially when you view it from an airplane or in an isolated dose. Somehow I usually want to find the beauty of something in a poem, even if it’s something I don’t generally feel kindly toward. A poem just wants to be a celebration.
It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count)