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 outside Dairy Queen after my event at Plainview Public Library recently. I always love heading outstate and seeing what’s different between living there and living in “The Cities.”
This image makes me think of:
- a Mars Rover
- Big Wheels (do they still make those?)
- a nervous racer, waiting for the starting gun
And here’s my first draft. I am not very happy with it this week. Everything came out whiny sounding. Not clever or pithy. Just complaining. But I feel distracted–I have so many things I need to work on, and my mom is in the hospital, and I am just celebrating that I DID my 15 Words or Less poem. Sure, it might stink. But it’s the process, as I always tell kids. Write a LOT. A lot of it will be junk, but jewels will emerge at times. I have to remind myself that that is still true every day for me, too. So, sharing the junk, too. [Added later: My mom passed away yesterday. Thank you so much for all your wishes and prayers this year–and, for you longtime blog readers, over the past many years–as she fought through various health issues. Your concern and love has truly been a source of comfort to me, and to my mom. I often told her of my friends who were rooting for her and praying for her.]
Blanket statement for July/August. Hope you’re having a wonderful summer. I am, but it’s crazy busy! ILA, moving, daughter getting married, other daughter home from Scotland for a month, plus 7 or 8 writing/revision deadlines! 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 July and August.
It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count)