Dead Man’s Fare

Graveyard journey.
Ghosts whisper, twist, shimmer
curl through drizzly clouds.
Breeze dances, skips with leaves.

Dawn spills rose-red tincture,
blood-shadows scar green grass.

Shallow breath jars sickly grin.
Fear bubbles, melts
cues nervous giggley spark,
sound opens echoes.

Still lull gone.
Death laughs here.


Quadrille (44 words exactly, not including title) written for dVerse, using all 31 quadrille prompts given thus far: dance, bubble, grin, lull, melt, shimmer, twist, skip, green, breeze, spill, rose, journey, jar, leaves, open, shadow, cloud, spark, cue, breath, scar, curl, whisper, dawn, ghost, giggle, drizzle, still, echo, sound (we’ve had 31 weeks of quadrilles thus far, each one, using one of these words as a prompt). Photo: black and white of Glendalough, Ireland cemetery which surrounds St. Kevin’s 6th century monastic ruins.

24 thoughts on “Dead Man’s Fare

    • lillian May 25, 2017 / 10:15 am

      I was loathe to try — gave up several times. Quite the challenge! Glad you enjoyed.


  1. Victoria C. Slotto May 24, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Double bravo–what a perfect subject to fit in all though diverse words. If I ever use them all in one poem, it will not be a quadrille–I don’t know how you did it and did it so well.

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    • lillian May 25, 2017 / 10:16 am

      Thank you, Victoria. As I mentioned to Paul, I tried several times to do this…with previous words (therefore fewer words to fit in) and was so discouraged. So — I actually let out a YAY when I finished it, even with a fist pump in the air ๐Ÿ™‚ Ah dVerse…..I’ve learned so much from everyone!

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  2. Adda May 24, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Kudos! To use all the words in 1 composition is amazing,

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    • lillian May 25, 2017 / 10:18 am

      I humbly agree. I’d tried this many times….when the list of words was shorter. Each Quadrille Monday there is a one word prompt…until all 44 words are in the list. And then they start over again with the first word, second word prompt etc. This time it just clicked (with a lot of edits, counting, and rewriting).


  3. rosemawrites May 24, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    ooooooh! the vivid lines you use created an eerie ambiance. love that last line!

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    • lillian May 25, 2017 / 10:20 am

      Thank you! Much counting, crossing out, editing, exasperation etc. Hurrah — I finally managed to fit in all the words and have the total as 44. 31 required words….I’ll take this accomplishment and run with it ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • whippetwisdom May 25, 2017 / 11:00 am

        You have done a fabulous job with so little room for manouvre! ;o) xxx

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    • lillian May 25, 2017 / 10:21 am

      Somehow I’ve been on the dark side quite a bit lately….which is wierd after our glorious and happy holiday. Glad you enjoyed.


  4. colorfulpen May 25, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Oooh! I love this! Wonderful use of the words! And I love all things Irish, so the photo is a nice bonus. Just beautiful all around on this one.

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    • lillian May 25, 2017 / 10:22 am

      I so appreciate your kind words. Made my morning and started off a rainy day in Boston with some sunshining words ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. sanaarizvi May 28, 2017 / 3:18 am

    Excellent work done, Lillian โค๏ธ

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    • lillian May 29, 2017 / 12:24 pm

      Thank you! Truly appreciate your words here!


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