Category Archives: 15 words or less poems

Katniss’s Dilemma

Therapy chair

Therapy Chair – Photo by Laura Purdie Salas.

Katniss’s Dilemma

Dentist’s office?
Therapy gym?
Or Capitol creation
that tears limb from limb?

© 2013 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

In the land of Panem, it’s not only the Hunger Games arena that is hazardous with booby traps!

0002qcgcPoetry Friday LogoThis is my response to Laura Purdie Salas’s 15-words-or-less image/poem challenge (“Man or Machine?)  from yesterday (December 5th). It’s linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today on Life at the Deckle Edge by Robyn Hood Black, one of PF’s divas of haiku.


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Train song

Photo by w. Jackish

Train Song

Sing train to me
whistle high-low slidenotes
echoing through canyons
calliope your coming

– Violet Nesdoly


There are few sounds that make me feel as nostalgic as the whistle of a train. That’s probably because trains were a part of my childhood. Our farm bordered on a branch line of the old CNR (Canadian National Railway) and a train came past about once a week. Sometimes when we heard that distant whistle, we’d stop what we were doing and rush out to the field beside the track in order to be there when the train came by so we could wave at the conductor. What a thrill when he waved back!

I still love the sound of trains at night. And have you ever heard a train whistle echo through mountains? The sound bends in a magical way! I hope our civilization never gets so advanced that we no longer need trains.

The poem above was inspired by the “Prairie Train” prompt one of Laura Purdie Salas’s 15 words or less prompts. I am submitting it to Poetry Friday, hosted this week by Katya at Write. Sketch. Repeat.


Posted by on September 6, 2012 in 15 words or less poems, Poetry Friday



This week’s 15 words or less poem prompt is this lighthouse photo. It appears on “15 Words or Less Thursday: Lighthouse” at Laura Purdie Salas. Read the comments to see a slew of creative responses.


Posted by on June 15, 2012 in 15 words or less poems



Portuguese man-of-war (Photo by Laura Purdie Salas)


Pink seam
held teal together
so beautifully
till black
oozed out.

Now everyone knows.

© 2012 by Violet Nesdoly


This poem is in response to the photo of the Portuguese man-of-war that poet Laura Purdie Salas posted on her blog as a Thursday prompt. The challenge is to come up with a poem of 15 words or less (not counting the title).

Check out other poems here (in the comments) and poem along if you like!