Infestation

Panders.
Off-loads guilt.
Loose lips abandon civility.
Instead spew
trite narcissistic patter.
Intimidates.
Cruel Machiavellian rule
steeps rot within.

Oh too similar to those
familiar with the

fruit fly who gloats over spoils
eviscerates solid cores
avariciously deteriorates the good,
reduces life to rot.

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An Acrostic Quadrille written for dVerse where Victoria asks us to write a quadrille (poem of exactly 44 words) using the word “fear.”  Acrostic: a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word or message. Note the first letter of each line from top to bottom in each stanza. You’ll find three words, including the prompt word for today. Apologies to those who do not care for poetry as commentary on the state of politics today. You might instead enjoy my second poem, also published today: Film Noir, Take 37. 

 

57 thoughts on “Infestation

  1. Victoria C. Slotto July 31, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Effectively written, Lillian. I like the subtle approach much like when writing love scenes–leave a bit to the reader’s imagination. That fly reminds me of a well-know classical artist who included fruit flies or a bit of rot in his still lives to better depict the reality of life. Can’t remember is name. Ain’t aging fun?

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 3:33 pm

      Ah that would indeed add a bit of reality to a still life painting! You’ll remember the name, later this evening, while in the middle of dinner no doubt! 🙂 I’ll definitely take aging to the alternative. 🙂

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  2. Frank Hubeny July 31, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    I liked the phrase “steeps rot” like one might a tea and there is “fear” acrostic fashion in the poem.

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  3. kanzensakura July 31, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    How deftly you handled this political poem. I do not usually care for politics in poetry but this one is a keeper. ‘steeps rot” I guess he puts it in a bowl with his wig –

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      Ah Toni….chuckling out loud I am at your last comment here 🙂 Certainly not the stuff of buttercup tea that blooms happiness (from my I Wonder poem). I know you do not like political poetry….and thus mentioned that for those who do not, I also posted the “all the words” quadrille. So to get a positive comment from you here….well, it is truly appreciated! 🙂

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      • kanzensakura July 31, 2017 / 3:51 pm

        I don’t really mind political poems per se. It is just some writers get hold of politics and like a pit bull with a steak, refuse to let go, ranting and raving about something they have no control over. Some people don’t know how to write about other things – things that can give hope instead of always tearing down.

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  4. Linda Kruschke July 31, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Love the acrostic take on this, but I’m glad you pointed it out because I’m a little slow today and was struggling to find the word “fear” in the poem. I’m not usually a fan of political poetry, but in small doses done right it’s okay.

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 7:21 pm

      Thanks, Linda. I know many are averse to political satire so offered the “all the words” one too!

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      • Linda Kruschke July 31, 2017 / 7:34 pm

        With the “all the words” I keep wondering, when we get to 44 words, will there be two people who write the exact same poem? Or will they all be different. I’m waiting for the full 44 to give it a try.

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  5. sarahsouthwest July 31, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    That last stanza is particularly vicious and visceral. It’s a great piece altogether.

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 7:22 pm

      Yes — the switch from the political scene to the parasitical side of nature….or can that be the same????

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  6. alisonhankinson July 31, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    It seems very appropriate. “who gloats over spoils
    eviscerates solid cores
    avariciously deteriorates the good,
    reduces life to rot.”
    It feels like there is so much of this happening right now.

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      Sadly, I agree. It pains me that there is even reason or subject matter of a post like this….politics of fear…

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  7. katiemiafrederick July 31, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    SMiLes.. mY FriEnd.. Lillian..
    WhenEver PoeTry
    NoW oveRlooks
    HARminG EViL
    iT
    Fears
    to do what’s
    ReaL.. We huMaNs
    wHo CaN Care WiLL neVer shut
    up.. And eXcuse dARk now
    iN Fear
    from
    homes
    of those
    who suffer..
    i don’t have any
    PerSonal Dogs to worry about
    in this Political Show but i reMember
    wHat it is like to Be overlorded by cold
    Political heARTs oF
    NoN-reproAcH
    By Love that’s real..
    As Love neVer Fears
    to say NO when Real CaN WiLLs
    aS EViL eNters A Room of HeART..
    And consideRinG HeART MaKeS
    PoETry and Change StARTs WiTh
    HeART tHeRe is NEVER A WORD
    Too SmALL as MetaPhoR or LiteRAL
    FOR NO
    As ‘WE’
    WiLL
    NoT
    OverLook
    evil ever ever never..
    for those of us WiTh
    undYinG HeArTS oF
    LoVe and Grace WitH
    WiLL and StrenGTH…
    TruE NoW2..
    NoT everYone
    is cut out NoW to
    Be A Soldier oF LiGht..
    iNcluding me iN Fear BeForE..
    as Weak iN Will and Strength of Grace and Love too…
    Those who are ‘Left’ Continue A Heavy LiFTinG TrUE iN LiGHT..:)

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 7:25 pm

      I think you, Katie, my friend, are truly strong with great will. Let us hope the pendulum swings and we come back to a kinder gentler political scene….and thus, a kinder and gentler way in and through humanity.

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  8. Gospel Isosceles July 31, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    This comes at a personal apt time for me as my sister just publicly announced her campaign to run for state senate. What an arena of rot she is willingly entering.

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 7:25 pm

      Good for her! May she shine through with her strength, ethics, and good will to serve the people! 🙂

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  9. Bev July 31, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    This is beyond clever, and carries within it, unfortunately, truth. I bow in admiration!

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 7:26 pm

      Ah, thank you, Bev. Fun to play with the acrostic within the quadrille. Had never done an acrostic before 🙂

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  10. Waltermarks July 31, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Thanks for spelling that out. I never catch the acrostic. It is sure true, nothing more stinky than politics

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      Had never done an acrostic….and I decided not to BOLD the letters or PUT THEM ALL IN CAPS TO SEE THE ACROSTIC so easily….when I tried that, it took away from the message. So, there is a subtlety in the acrostic…but so much so that I felt I had to give it away in the comments! 🙂

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      • Waltermarks July 31, 2017 / 10:22 pm

        Some of us are thankful for hints

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  11. Carol J Forrester July 31, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    Went back and read it again when I saw the comment about being an acrostic and it had a completely different meaning. Very clever.

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      Ah thank you, Carol. Yes, meanings change once you “see the acrostic” on the side 🙂 Glad you caught it! 🙂

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  12. kim881 July 31, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Wow, Lilliian, your Quadrille is so original and the image is interesting. I’m not keen on flies but they do have a certain beauty, when seen in the right light 🙂 The title alone strikes fear in me and I love the acrostic message. And the final lines are wonderfully disgusting:
    ‘eviscerates solid cores
    avariciously deteriorates the good,
    reduces life to rot’.

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 7:30 pm

      “wonderfullly disgusting” Smiling I am! Yep — that’s the reaction I was looking for! As in eeeew — and ugh! And that says it all within the context of the acrostic. Disturbing indeed.

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  13. whimsygizmo July 31, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    This spills well, even if it wasn’t an acrostic – which doubles its power. Wonderful.

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 7:30 pm

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed. A fun one to work with, counting, spelling, etc 🙂 Had never done an acrostic before.

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  14. Victoria Young July 31, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    Love the metaphor, Lillian. You and I had a similar take on this one. I really love yours.

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      Glad you enjoyed. Will be on the poetry trail reading other posts early tomorrow AM with my hot steaming cup of coffee…as is the normal way I start my day. Looking forward to reading yours then 🙂

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  15. nosaintaugustine July 31, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    A very apt comparison! I loved the surprise of the acrostic message at the end too. Nicely written!

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Had never done an acrostic….very fun to mix it with the quadrille! 🙂

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  16. Glenn Buttkus July 31, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    As you know, I adore politics aligned with poetics–as poets it is our sacred duty to be gadflies & write fearlessly about things that are important to us; just saying. Like in may BLACKTHORNE saga–even violence has a place in art.

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    • lillian August 1, 2017 / 6:52 am

      I thought of you while I was writing this 🙂

      And now, I fear, I owe you an apology, Glenn. Your last BLACKTHORNE installment moved me to tears and literally churned up my insides and I gave an immediate written response. Feel free to delete that response or edit it. I do hope you got past the first few sentences in it and read on to where I praised the writing to the hilt. It was so so real I could feel every bullet, see into the animals’ eyes, feel their pain, hear the shots…it was unbelievably “felt” writing — if that makes sense. I should have reread before I hit publish – and just deleted the first few sentences. Seems to me I “hollered” in all caps too — like I was the wounded animal from the reading. Again though, that particular piece of writing was incredibly real. You have an amazing talent for drawing the reader into the scene, Glenn. And yes….even violence has a place in art. I agree. It’s just that for whatever reason, that morning, it hit me hard. So — that’s my mea culpa and it is sincere.

      I’m hoping you liked my foray into political satire — I don’t do it often although there certainly is rampant motivation for it these days.

      Will be moseying over to read at dVerse when I get my second cup. Yours will be the first to catch my eye. Happy Tuesday!

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  17. Olga July 31, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    You’re a sweetheart to my soul. I totally feel like politics is reducing life to rot. So sad! 😦

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    • lillian August 1, 2017 / 6:53 am

      Yes. And we are assailed by it in print, on television, by our Facebook “friends”, and everywhere. I’ll be ready for our Provincetown 2 weeks in September, sitting by the ocean every day. Only the gulls clatter/patter there 🙂

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      • Olga August 1, 2017 / 11:52 am

        Peace in nature sounds wonderful. 🙂

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  18. Janice July 31, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    Your fruit fly poetic image is fantastic … ‘reduces life to rot’ … I am not a fan of fruit flies nor of fear mongering.

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    • lillian August 1, 2017 / 6:54 am

      Thank you — and ditto! 🙂

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    • lillian August 1, 2017 / 6:54 am

      So glad you enjoyed, Maria. First time I’ve ever done one — took a lot of rewriting and rewriting and rewriting to get it to this point 🙂

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  19. paul scribbles August 1, 2017 / 7:51 am

    Great use of acrostic…full of verve…well written.

    Oh and just for the record I have to say this “Fruit flies like bananas” 😉

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  20. Just Barry August 1, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    I checked the math; zero lies detected.

    This is one of my favorites from you. Love everything about it.

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  21. dornahainds August 1, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Such Excellence and Intensity! 😎😎😎😎😎

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  22. Colin Lee August 2, 2017 / 1:08 am

    Acrostic! My kind of poets. 🙂 I like it. The fly makes a perfect illustration.

    What a week — when American political gossips take up half of our newscasts over this side of the world!

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  23. jerennazuto August 2, 2017 / 5:59 am

    A great metaphor and it’s perfectly fits. A wonderful and meaningful poem! The acrostic part is just more delight!

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