I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of participating in Laura P. Salas’s 15 Words Or Less Poetry Challenge.  Each Thursday she posts a photo prompt and shares her first draft  poem. The idea is to “wake up your poetry brain” by writing your response to the photo and sharing it. It’s intended as a fun, low-stakes, creative exercise.

This week’s  photo prompt was a picture of a sculpture of a leopard from the Minnesota Zoo.


Photo credit to Laura P. Salas

You can read her delightfully dark poem and other responses here. This is my first draft effort:


No jaunty polka dots
can camouflage the
lethal grace and
coiled muscles
poised to pounce

Molly Hogan (c) 2017



2 thoughts on “Menace

  1. Wow! And in 15 words!

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