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.

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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.

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  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 πŸ™‚ 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).

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  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 πŸ™‚

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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.

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  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 πŸ™‚

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

    Excellent work done, Lillian ❀️

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    • lillian May 29, 2017 / 12:24 pm

      Thank you! Truly appreciate your words here!

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