Quadrille Me a Dawn

We are immersed.
Polar night
darkness unseamed.

Evil dawns as sun does not.
Erodes hope,
essence of democracy.

Revels in abysmal decrees
hurled again and again,
narcissistic plague.

Scepter spews clues
to personality disorder,
alternative reality.

We know however,
the midnight sun
shall rise.

Quadrille (poem consisting of exactly 44 words – not including title) posted for dVerse, virtual pub for poets. Today Björn asks us to use the word “dawn.” Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time. Come join us! Photo from 2015 Alaska cruise. 

50 thoughts on “Quadrille Me a Dawn

    • lillian January 30, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      I do too,….just as, in the darkness of the polar night, we know the sun will rise…so too, hopefully with the global demonstrations and voices across the world; and the sanity of moderate Republicans, we can stem the tide of one man’s pen.

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  1. Grace January 30, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Looking forward to that midnight sun rising ~ Love the photo Lillian ~

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    • lillian January 30, 2017 / 3:14 pm

      Thank you, Grace. I have faith, that after the darkness, there will come light.


  2. whippetwisdom January 30, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    ‘the midnight sun shall rise’ – there is a deeper knowing and hope in this dawning :o)

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    • lillian January 30, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      Well, given the first 10 days of this administration, I hope it comes quickly!


  3. Janice January 30, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    Using a polar night is a good way to describe the situation these days. I think you did a good job of talking about it directly in a subtle way (if that makes sense).

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    • lillian January 30, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Total sense. Let’s pray the rays of hope and positive resistance have effect soon.

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  4. Glenn Buttkus January 30, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Gee, Lil, our minds ran in similar poetic trenches today. It is so damn hard to not respond to the daily pummeling of democracy. I adore your whole fourth stanza–Boy king, 5th grader, elementary school bully–yes, this too shall pass, albeit painfully.

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    • lillian January 30, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      I am with you, Glenn!!! We must write, speak out, share, uncover and publicize legislation that goes against the basic foundation of this democracy. I found a list of GOP congress folks who went on record as opposed to the immigration executive record and am in the process of thanking them and asking them to continue voting and speaking within the moral beliefs of their conscience.

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  5. georgeplace2013 January 30, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Polar night
    darkness unseamed…. nice line. Glad for the hope at the end – fingers crossed

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    • lillian January 30, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      …and toes and arms and legs and eyes….


  6. frankhubeny January 30, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    There seems to be a parallel between “evil dawns” and the “midnight sun shall rise”.

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    • lillian January 31, 2017 / 7:20 am

      Yes — as in light shall overcome evil.


  7. Arcadia Maria January 30, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    I like the contrast and darkness with hope that light will come at the end. Well done.

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    • lillian January 31, 2017 / 7:19 am

      We must always have and work at hope! 😊


  8. rosemawrites January 31, 2017 / 1:45 am

    your powerful phrases conveyed such passion and meaning. i love the hopeful ending, Ma’am. ❤

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  9. kim881 January 31, 2017 / 2:15 am

    A polar night is a brilliant description of the world at the moment and the darkness does seem unseamed but there is hope at the end of it as there is at the end of your Quadrille, Lillian. Fantastic phrases: ‘narcissistic plague’ and ‘Scepter spews clues…alternative reality’.

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    • lillian January 31, 2017 / 7:18 am

      Thank you, Kim. I found the activism unleashed by the global public since Jan 21 energizing and amazing. That will provide the rays of light.

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  10. maria January 31, 2017 / 4:18 am

    “Revels in abysmal decrees
    hurled again and again,
    narcissistic plague.”


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  11. Rosemary Nissen-Wade January 31, 2017 / 7:37 am

    Well said. May dawn come soon!


  12. Olga January 31, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    As humanity stands together with our voices and arms linked to rebuff the narcissistic autocrat, we will experience the dawning of a new age. Love your strong voice in this quadrille of hope. ❤


  13. Linda Kruschke January 31, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    The erosion of hope can hopefully be reversed with the dawn of truth. Nice take on the prompt.


  14. katiemiafrederick February 1, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    sMiLes.. mY FriEnd
    LiLLian as science
    tEnds to sHow
    dArk aS SuRE
    tHeRe IS A hidDen
    lamEnt iN darKest niGhts
    oF poLar cOLd New mOOn bLack..
    Trump is just anoTher New Moon.. surELy
    Moon chilDren oF LoVe WiLL fuLL thE niGht
    noW oF
    GOld ..mY FriEnd..:)

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