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  • July 9th, 2009 | 3:25 AM
15 Words or Less - PhotoPoetry





Laura Salas, aka[info]laurasalas  , is taking the month of July off from blogging. She asked if I would like to host 15 words or less photopoetry for the month and I said sure! This is no pressure, lots of fun. If you're not familiar with it, you can read the guidelines here.

Here's this week's picture.



What does this make you think of? Are you going down or freezing at the top in fear?

If you'd like to play, just choose any topic this image makes come to your mind and write a quick 15 Words or Less poem. Your poem doesn't have to describe this photo. The picture is just a jumping-off point.  Basically look at the picture and write a poem of 15 words or less inspired by the photo. Please add your byline to the poem so I can include it in the poetry Friday roundup.

Go on. You know you want to.

There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.



Comments

( 27 comments — Leave comment )
(Anonymous)
July 9th, 2009 10:42 am (UTC)
Watch your step
you never know where they go
way down
into depths of despair

- Anne McKenna
susanwrites
July 10th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
And sometimes they might lead you back up to the light, eh Anne? :) Thanks for sharing.
(Deleted comment)
susanwrites
July 10th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
Re: Watch Your Back
Yikes - poisonous vines in your heart creeps me out. Hope they are gone before your big event at ALA. Have an awesome time.
reflectionsandmemories.blogspot.com
July 9th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
Conquering
Breath catching
Heart palpitating,
searching depths
Mastering fear,
Take a step!
been afraid too long

~melissa
susanwrites
July 10th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
Re: Conquering
Oh I like this a lot, especially those first two lines!
slatts
July 9th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad
I'm not Jimmy Stewart
In that movie
VERTIGO
Instead,
Here I go!

~slatts
susanwrites
July 10th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
Love this, Slatts!
slatts
July 10th, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)
Love this, Slatts!
Thanks, Susan...

I enjoy this poem form but never make it to the host site. But since My Friend is hosting it this month!
susanwrites
July 10th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Love this, Slatts!
:) Aw, glad I could convince you pause and post. I'll be hosting all month. And I am getting back on track with blogging stuff again.
wordsrmylife
July 9th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
The view--spectacular!
But now....

Spinning, spiraling....

Where's Jimmy Stewart
when you need him?


Kathy Q.
wordsrmylife
susanwrites
July 10th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Love the humor in this, Kathy. Thank you.
sartorias
July 9th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Round
and round
redwood tight-gripped
I wish
life
had so graceful
a bannister.
susanwrites
July 10th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
Oh I love the unexpectedness of that last phrase. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a bannister for life?
marthacalderaro.wordpress.com
July 9th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Wasn't sure
where I was headed.
Pick a card,any card.
Life's a gamble.

By Martha Calderaro

Thanks, Susan!


susanwrites
July 10th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
oh it does look like a deck of cards fanned out, doesn't it? Very nice. Thank you.
(Anonymous)
July 9th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
July 9 Post - 15 word poem
Round and round
One step down.
Round and round
Two steps down.
All around. Ground.
-Louise Henriksen
susanwrites
July 10th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
Re: July 9 Post - 15 word poem
Love this, Lousie! The last word made me giggle/
(Anonymous)
July 9th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
July 9 Post - 15 word poem
Cycles, circles go around,
Until the way of dusty death and ground.
- G Grenley
susanwrites
July 10th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
Re: July 9 Post - 15 word poem
Nice, G Grenley. Very moody.
dianemdavis
July 10th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Each day
fans out
from Summer
separate
but connected
in their uniformity
of season.

susanwrites
July 10th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
Diane, I love this being concrete yet abstract at the same time.
(Anonymous)
July 10th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
Steps too narrow.
Feet too long.
Thanks--
I think I'll stay
up here.

Cynthia Cotten
susanwrites
July 10th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
Oh this made me laugh out loud, Cynthia. Thanks for sharing.
writearoundsue
July 10th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Board
by Sue Douglass Fliess

Board, so bored,
with the same steps.
Time to stop looking back and go up.
susanwrites
July 10th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
Re: Board
hahaha. What a fun view to take on this. Very nice, Sue.
ext_197994
July 10th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
The Board Monster
Board monster's here.
Couldn't nail him down.
It spins wooden paddles
spanking kids in town.

susanwrites
July 10th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
Re: The Board Monster
ooh, this went in an unexpected way for me. I love being surprised in a poem. Nicely done.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

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