she-devil lived recklessly
among subhuman rats star on knees, alley squatter
throwing die, rolling kraps spark of luck in fingertips
collecting just desserts stressed, on edge
come on baby, deliver reviled by all who play her game
debutante of junkies, she’s lost it all.
Read three ways, always using the “debutante” line as the final line: 1. poem on left; 2. poem on right; 3. from left to right, all the way across as one poem. Also uses semordnilap: one word, when spelled backwards makes a different word: devil is lived; rats is star; kraps is spark; desserts is stressed; and deliver is reviled. Any way you read it, it is a Quadrille (44 words – no more, no less) that includes the word “spark” as asked for in today’s prompt at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. De is opening the pub at 3 pm – come on over and write with us — or just imbibe the words of others!
Photo Credit: Michal Zacharzewski