Film Noir, Take 40

Blissful dream journey

sparks nightmare.

Ghosts whisper, shimmer,

twist, dance freely.

Clouds balloon, curl.

Breeze skips through leaves.
Storm drizzles, bubbles open,

thunder sounds echo.

Fearful giggle jars grin,

breath flickers.

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

Cue still lull.


Dee hosts dVerse today. We must write a Quadrille (poem of exactly 44 words, sans title) using the word “free.”  Quadrille Mondays occur every other week. We need only include the week’s one given word in our poem. Ultimately 44 Quadrille Weeks occur, thus 44 word prompts. Past words this series have included bliss, dreamfear, flicker, 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. This post includes all 40 words given thus far. Bar opens at 3 PM Boston time.  Come join us!

33 thoughts on “Film Noir, Take 40

  1. kanzensakura September 11, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    I love how you include all the words. I am not that talented (or organized). I like this Film Noir series of yours so much. #1 it’s real poetry #2 it’s brief #3 it’s creative. There ya go. the three reasons I love this. Plus…it is actually kind of dark and scary.

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    • lillian September 11, 2017 / 3:20 pm

      Thank you, Toni! I keep thinking I’ll be on the final act….I have very few words “of my own” to discard when we get prompt #41….so this may be it. We’ll see. Glad you’re enjoying! 🙂


      • kanzensakura September 11, 2017 / 3:29 pm

        Since I only did 42 words this time, as Paul pointed out (he has a special badge that he wears that says “44 Sheriff” smiles), you can have those two of mine I did not use.

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    • lillian September 11, 2017 / 3:20 pm

      We’ll see………..only 4 of my own words left to delete and somehow replace with prompts. I keep thinking this may be the final act of the Film Noire series….fun to work with though.


  2. sarahsouthwest September 11, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    I don’t know what a fearful giggle jar is, but I know I don’t want one near me…great poem making.

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    • lillian September 11, 2017 / 3:19 pm

      A fearful giggle jars her grin….”jars” is used as a verb here. But….now you have me wondering what a fearful giggle jar would be….filled with ghost stories??? 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.


  3. whimsygizmo September 11, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Ah-mazing, Lil. These are getting crazy hard. I haven’t attempted yet today. You’ve rocked it, as always.

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    • lillian September 11, 2017 / 3:22 pm

      So glad you enjoyed. Only 4 of “my own words left here” which means only 4 words to delete as the last 4 prompts come in….this may be my final act in the Film Noire Series. I want it to make sense….so when I can’t do that, it’s sayonara for this ghost tale! 🙂


  4. whippetwisdom September 11, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    You have given us another brilliant Film Noir, scene by scene – fabulous! ;o) xxx

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    • lillian September 11, 2017 / 3:24 pm

      Scrambled a bit with this one….until I realized I could take out “lightning” and substitute “thunder” which really does echo — and put the “spark” into the second line. Fearful this may be my demise though….only 4 of “my own words” remain and when it doesn’t make sense anymore, then we shall move on! 🙂 But glad it worked this time and that you enjoyed! 🙂

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      • whippetwisdom September 11, 2017 / 3:27 pm

        Take a bow my friend, you have made the Film Noir Quadrille your own xxx

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    • lillian September 11, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Oh my goodness…..I think this series will be done by halloweeen won’t it? I really don’t see how I could possible fit in all 44 words (none of my own) and have it make sense. We’ll see. Maybe if everyone would give “spooky” prompts for the last four words???? Or a verb or connective word?? But that’s not very poetic, right? We’ll see….


  5. Laura Bloomsbury September 11, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    I like to think of ‘giggle jars’ as a noun Lilian and something to keep on hand for the sad days – you have to have a sense of freedom to write like this

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    • lillian September 11, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Now that’s a good take on this… a nightmare with ghosts and blood-shadow spattered grass, a giggle jar might be just the thing to wake you up and out of this scene!!! 🙂


  6. kim881 September 11, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Encore, Lill! Toujours film noir! I can see those ghosts in black and white. I love the lines:
    ‘Dawn spills, melts rose-red.
    Peppered blood-shadows
    scar green spring grass’.


  7. Vivian Zems September 11, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Amazing Lillian- this is A* stuff here, i really do feel like I’ve joined the next class up! I Like!


  8. purplepeninportland September 11, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    ‘Fearful giggle jars grin’ – Very spooky stuff here, Lillian. Quite an ending!


  9. maria September 11, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Oh wow. How you managed to fit thoae words perfectly to create this piecy. Gaah those grinning giggle jars.


  10. peterfrankiswrites September 11, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    very clever – particularly liked the last line – ‘cue still lull’ – after all that the poem slows to a halt.


  11. qbit September 11, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    Holding my breat for 44 in a few weeks!


  12. Truedessa September 11, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    I am amazed how easily the poem flowed, you have a gift for mingling words.


  13. Adda September 12, 2017 / 9:07 am

    So glad you can continue to fulfill your dream.. Great work!


  14. Colin Lee September 12, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Here comes your humble fan with pompom (and popcorn).


  15. colorfulpen September 12, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    Love these! Only four more to go. I gave up on including all the words a while back. I haven’t been here for all of the quadrille prompts. I’d love to go back and see just how many new ideas I could manage.


  16. MarinaSofia September 13, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Oh, my goodness, what ambition! I don’t think I can cope with more than one word prompt at a time!


  17. Imelda September 14, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    I am so impressed with the way you used all of the words.


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