Film Noir, Act 36

Graveyard journey.
Ghosts whisper, dance,
twist, shimmer.
Breeze skips through leaves.
Clouds balloon, curl, drizzle,
storm bubbles open.
Lightning sparks, sounds echo.

Dawn spills, melts rose-red.
Peppered blood-shadows
scar green spring grass.
Nervous giggle jars grin,
breath flickers.
Cue still lull,
death lurks near.

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[INCLUDES ALL THE WORDS THUS FAR]
Grace hosts Quadrille Monday today at dVerse,  And it is the 6th anniversary of dVerse! Quadrille Mondays are held every other week. Quadrille: a poem of exactly 44 words, sans title. Each time a word prompt is given: week #1 = Quadrille #1 and 1 word; Week #2 = Quadrille #2 and a new word; etc.  We build to Quadrille # 44 in week 44 with still another word. We’re on Week #36  and the prompt word is “flicker.”  Past words this series have included pepperdance, 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, storm, spring, and balloon. Bar opens at 3 PM Boston time.  Come join us!

80 thoughts on “Film Noir, Act 36

  1. Colin Lee July 17, 2017 / 11:12 am

    Such clarity in this albeit the near-impossible restrictions — even better than the previous one’s, I think. How amazing! 8 more til the end of the marathon. 😉

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:17 am

      Thanks, Colin. I think I’ll be stopping at mile 36! 🙂

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      • Colin Lee July 18, 2017 / 9:05 pm

        No, you won’t! We’ll be cheering for you at the finish line. 😉

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  2. Grace July 17, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    Dark images of the journey Lillian. I specially like: Peppered blood-shadows –

    Good work in weaving all the Quadrille words so far. Thanks for being part of the journey.

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:18 am

      ‘Tis an amazing place this dVerse! I am so very thankful to be here! Glad you enjoyed this one.

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  3. jillys2016 July 17, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    Brilliant title! I managed to use some of the words in mine, but you blend them all so well! Really like the image of clouds ballooning & curling.

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Thank you, Jilly. I expect this is the end of the road so to speak, closing act. 🙂

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  4. Victoria C. Slotto July 17, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    I just don’t know how you do it, Lillian, though the choice of topic lends itself so well and your poetry ends up making sense, which seems well nigh impossible. So many well-phrased descriptions, esp.
    Dawn spills, melts rose-red.
    Peppered blood-shadows
    scar green spring grass.

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:20 am

      Well…..”flicker” fit in this time. But I suspect Act 36 may be the closing act on this Film Noir! Glad you enjoyed.

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  5. kim881 July 17, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    I love the title and the dark content – great work using all the words, Lillian!

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:20 am

      Thanks, Kim. So glad to have dVerse back from vacation! 🙂

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      • kim881 July 18, 2017 / 11:23 am

        It certainly is! 🌞

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      • kim881 July 18, 2017 / 11:24 am

        Actually, that should read ‘So am I’! 😕

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  6. Aurora July 17, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    I love this:

    “Dawn spills, melts rose-red.
    Peppered blood-shadows”

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:21 am

      Thanks, Aurora. Glad you enjoyed!

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  7. kanzensakura July 17, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    You used all the words so beautifully! Such a dark poem but yet, it seems to be light to me. I love these phrases: Dawn spills, melts rose-red. Peppered blood-shadows

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:22 am

      Thank you! I enjoyed this film noire genre…but I suspect Act 36 may be the closing act. Gets harder and harder to delete a word to add another!

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  8. claudia July 17, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    oh heck – you capture the film noir mood well – as a kid i sometimes walked through the forest with my cousin and we were telling us film noir short stories – and in the end were both madly afraid -ha

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:23 am

      It’s interesting…because I’m usually a pollyanna type of positivist so going to the dark side is truly shifting to another side!

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:24 am

      Thank you, Bjorn!!! Enjoy your vacation 🙂 We’ll miss you but certain you will gain new vistas of poetic inspiration from your time off 🙂

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Smiling I am at your comment….eons ago, in my high school years, I used to participate in what were called Individual Speech Event tournaments. I did dramatic readings…and one that I used started out with that phrase…:) Glad you enjoyed!

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      • Jane Dougherty July 18, 2017 / 11:42 am

        That phrase, in my opinion, is the best phrase in the book. She should have stopped right there.

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  9. Glenn Buttkus July 17, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    I love it when poetry & cinema co-mingle, as well you know; you did pack a lot into this quadrille. Like so many others, I loved /peppered blood shadows/.

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Cue gratefulness at your reply! 🙂

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  10. Bev July 17, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    I daren’t try including all the words. I admire your skill at that no end. I’m hard put to use just the topic word and stay at 44!

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:28 am

      Yes — it’s a real challenge! And I suspect that Act 36 will be the closing act on this film noire series. It gets harder and harder to delete a word to add the new prompt!

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  11. Adda July 17, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    I can just see the breeze skipping through the leaves. Amazing how you are able to use all the words so very cleverly. Good title too! 🙂

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:28 am

      Thanks, Adda. Glad you enjoyed! Always I am happy to see you here 🙂

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  12. hypercryptical July 17, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Oh so good! Excellent imagery, so cleverly wrote.
    Anna :o]

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:29 am

      Thank you, Anna! Appreciate your kind words.

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:30 am

      Thanks, Sarah. I’m usually a pollyanna so it never ceases to amaze me when I look down and see something from the dark side from my words!

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  13. nosaintaugustine July 17, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    Incredibly creepy! I give you a lot of credit for making this your own with some really precise imagery. Really nice!

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:40 am

      I’ll take “creepy.” 🙂 Glad you enjoyed!

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  14. Victoria Young July 17, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    a lot going on here and much to love. The first line just hooked me in and the rest was an absolute wonder! These three lines are to die for ( pun intended 😉 )

    Dawn spills, melts rose-red.
    Peppered blood-shadows
    scar green spring grass.

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:41 am

      Yup….the “die (sic)” was cast! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed!

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  15. Bodhirose July 17, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Amazing, Lillian, and your words all worked perfectly with your topic. I’m so impressed!

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:42 am

      Thank you! I suspect that Act 36 may be the closing act of this Film Noire! We’ll see what week 37 brings…

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  16. Waltermarks July 17, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Pretty spooky stuff, especially those ghosts, “Nervous giggle jars grin,” lol

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:43 am

      Oh yeah…..I was always the one with the nervous giggle at slumber parties in the dark with the spooky stories being told!

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:43 am

      Kind of like the old ghost stories round the camp fire! 🙂

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  17. Linda Kruschke July 18, 2017 / 12:09 am

    Great job on all the words. But you realize there won’t be 44 words to use when we get to Quadrille #44 because one time the prompt was to write a self-portrait and no word was given. 😉

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:44 am

      Well…..I suspect the Film Noire series has had its closing act at Act 36….but maybe with one word missing in the 44….it might work…????

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      • Linda Kruschke July 18, 2017 / 12:47 pm

        I suppose the 44th word could be “I” or “me” to signify the self-portrait. I may have to try that when we get to #44. 😉

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  18. Sumana Roy July 18, 2017 / 12:39 am

    Amazing!!…love the dark content & still thinking how it was possible….brilliant!

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  19. colorfulpen July 18, 2017 / 2:03 am

    Fantastically creepy! I love how the storm unfolds and “death lurks near”. I only used some of the words this time. You did an excellent job with all of the words.

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:46 am

      The previous act had death laughing….somehow, for this in all probability last act, death lurking seemed more sinister!

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:47 am

      Especially dark with those sunglassed emojis! 🙂

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  20. Kathy Reed July 18, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Add me to the list of “how do you do that so well?” I’m glad that wasn’t the prompt for today.:-)

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:48 am

      Thanks, Kathy. Truly appreciate your kind words here! I suspect that Act 36 will be the last for this film noire series….harder and harder to add the next prompt word as one other has to disappear to make room!

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  21. katiemiafrederick July 18, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    SMiLes.. my FriEnd Lillian..
    FroM Ashes to Unmarked
    Graves to Tombstones
    to Pyramids Engraved
    WitH labEL “KA” Spirit
    Names then
    of Pharaohs
    that last ’till
    Pyramids
    Crumble
    by the
    Mighty Force
    oF Nature wHo
    tHaT alWays gets in first
    and last words of existence..
    with no Human Words at all..
    Sure.. the Pyramid of the Nautilus
    can last for 300+ Million years in
    the Fossil record it provides as
    spark as flicker into the
    liFe that Creature
    lived then
    as spiraling
    as the Milky
    Way and the
    Curled Fetus and Resting
    CatS and SuNFloWerS
    even more as hUmans
    spiral too.. True.. in just
    A Fossil Shell the pattern
    as existence in Golden Spiral
    way is STiLL clear to see for
    Flicker of a Galaxy yet seen
    for many.. the three hundred Million+
    Shell years old Nautilus Shell of PHI
    does BRinG.. in A Hstory of shell story as all of
    Existence we empirically measure with Science
    Aided eyes now.. been a while my FriEnd.. this is a
    ‘little’ long but that’s my thing as An oldest form of poetry
    lives and the longest lasting form so far as “Epic Poetry”
    named too as the Mahābhārata at 1.8 Million Words lasting
    Thousands of years and created then by innumerable hands
    in Centuries effort then by the hands of sanskrit and mARkers..
    as the collective intelligence of human as art and systemizing
    mind began its rain that is surely storming aCross the eARTh
    as not such a perfect science and art now as we all as eyes
    can see.. thing is.. we have a greater abiLiTy to hold
    hands now around the Globe through this
    great electronic tool that cAMe through
    some of the greatest systemizing
    minds yet to walk the earth..
    but then there are the
    artists too who
    share more
    of the
    Inner Universe
    of BeinG HuMaN
    that suRely can be
    related more by a Nautilus
    never ending never beginning
    Spiral of Flow than any label of
    Word as name of Egyptian Pharaoh
    “KA” Spirit carried on the towers built
    on the backs of others.. amusingly sadly that
    still goes on in ignorance of so much greater
    colors beyond Rainbow of Human SpiRiT StiLL
    to Be related NoW.. last time i visited you it was
    at the end and the beginning that truly
    never starts or finishes at the epic
    poetic point of a 1.618 Million
    Word Long Form Free Verse
    “PHI Bible” Poem as honoring
    more the Gift of Existence
    in that Golden Ratio
    Mean Number same
    as 1.618 as PHI
    the Golden
    Mean
    Ratio
    alWayS
    NoW Through
    Out Nature same
    as Nautilus Shell STiLL
    BRinGS from 300 Million
    years ago plUS in plain sight now..
    so.. today.. i share another milestone
    with you.. as that last effort took 12 months
    it takes me 13.6 Months to exceed the 1.8
    Million Word Mahābhārata at 1.81 Million
    Words plUs today.. and i also bRing thanks
    to all of the dVerse Team for the help iN Hands
    oN DoinG Poetry in the 338,630 words of
    practice and more i did here from four
    years ago Summer until March
    of 2016.. when my specific
    Bible Writing efforts
    started then..
    Great
    Preparation
    it was as was is around
    8 Million Words on a Wrong
    Planet too through the Dark niGhts
    of my soul in pain and numb then
    since Thanks Giving Day of 2010
    so much homework to get to this
    point of Joy my Friend.. anyWay..
    HUmans Stronger toGeTher
    iN aS SonG of Free
    Verse Poetry
    and Dance
    of Free
    Verse Dance
    IS A Greatest
    Way of KA i kNow,, haHa..
    compare thaT to a label of a
    Name on a Tower or a Pyramid
    And what does one see but an edifice of stone without
    SoUL SMiLes thaT’s why i nAMe my Longest Long Form Poem
    created iN 47 Months In 788 MacroVerses aT 5M Words.. “SonG oF mY
    soUL” And sure..thAT coMEs with 7700 Miles of Public Dance too
    iN that sAMe 47 Months stARTinG iN August of 2013 too..
    And A reAlly cool thing too IS A lot of that effort is still
    recorded in a dVerse way.. as we do more for
    free
    my
    Friend
    than we will
    ever do for a
    Dollar Bill.. a
    Like.. a Share
    or a Follow
    less.. less..
    We NoW
    Do more
    alWays when all the way Free..
    WiTH UNconditional Fearless smaRT PoWeR oF LovE..
    And with that sAid.. i don’t kNoW what coMes neXt And
    i don’t care to kNow but it’s true no matter if i get
    the time to coMe back heAR or not i will not
    forget NoW
    mY nice
    FriEnd
    Lillian
    from
    the
    Team that
    Administrates
    the dVerse effort
    that truly i see sTiLL
    As Gold Online.. thaT isReal ‘KA’..
    And anotHeR FlicKeR AiDinG A GroWinG soUL aka Me..
    heHe.. sorry.. i couldn’t FiT this Flicker in 44
    words but sure.. i could
    have
    fit
    it
    all
    NoW iN
    A Nautilus
    Shell allone..
    thaT iS mY Human
    SKin noW as Temple
    Pyramid Capstone
    too without
    Any Words
    oF LiGht..
    NoW iN
    A Free
    Verse
    DancE oF
    SpiRAlinG God SonG LiGht..
    aKA LOVE’s CoSMiC DanCeR aS SucH2..;)

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  22. whippetwisdom July 18, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    Wow Lillian, you set an amazing scene for this Act 36, bravo for your using all the words in this Film Noir! :o) xxx

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  23. ghostmmnc July 18, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Oh my word! Oh, all the words! Everything about this is so good! I love this kind of dark subject, and to have used all the Q44 words so far, is beyond amazing! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:51 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words! And so very glad you enjoyed 😉

      Liked by 1 person

    • lillian July 20, 2017 / 10:26 am

      So far, 36. Aiming up to 44 for the complete cycle. Pretty sure I’ll be bowing out at 36!

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