Film Noir: Take 41

Ghosts invade sugar-‘n-spice blissful dream,
grin, shimmer, twist, skip, dance freely.
Whispers spark sounds, jars echo.

Breeze flickers.
Clouds pepper sky,
curl, balloon, bubble open.

Dawn melts, spills rose-red.
Storm drizzles blood-shadows,
scars green spring grass.

Journeyman giggles fearfully,
leaves breathless.
Cue still lull.

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Mish hosts dVerse today. We must include the word “spice,” or a form of the word, in a Quadrille (poem of exactly 44 words, sans title).  Quadrille Mondays occur every other week, for a total of 44 times, each with a different word prompt. We need only include that week’s word prompt in our poem. This post includes all 41 words given thus far: spice, freebliss, 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.  Bar opens at 3 PM Boston time.  Come join us!

59 thoughts on “Film Noir: Take 41

  1. colorfulpen September 25, 2017 / 1:57 am

    When those eyes popped up in my reader, I nearly jumped out of my skin. Love this, Lillian! You’ve written another excellent piece in your film noir series!

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Thank you! Didn’t mean to disturb with the eyes though…just the words 🙂

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      Wouldn’t it be something if word 44 is just in time for halloween? But — can’t imagine it possible to fit all 44 here. Really struggled to find the spot for “spice” and had to add a journeyman to the mix!

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:30 am

      Gets harder every time! Had to really shift things around this time….and introduce the journeyman. Glad you enjoyed!

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:51 am

      Thanks, Bjorn. Glad you’re enjoying! The journeyman dreamer may wake up with word #42, only to retire. We’ll see….

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  2. Glenn Buttkus September 25, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Love how cinema and poetics mix in your series. I always consider trying to use all the words. but other muses get in line first. The work you put into this is appreciated; smile.

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:51 am

      …yes…this time it was a real twisting and turning…and finally introduced the journeyman to spice it up! 🙂

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:50 am

      Should be halloween, right? Instead of the end of September. 🙂

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  3. Glenn Buttkus September 25, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Forgot to mention how much I loved the line /storm drizzles blood-shadows/.

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:50 am

      Hah! I call it the “creepy line.” I’ve looked for an illustration to use that encapsulates this line…but they all seem a bit too graphic for me. Pollyanna, you know 🙂

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  4. sarahsouthwest September 25, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    This is so very atmospheric. It’s amazing how creative you can be within such confines.

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:49 am

      Thank you, Sarah. Having fun with these words. #42 may retire the journeyman dreamer though….we’ll see. 🙂

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  5. kanzensakura September 25, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    Journeyman giggles fearfully…this is scarty, LOL…my dear sweet Swedish neighbor has snuck over and is doing some ‘work: for me……I love this series.

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:48 am

      Ah….next time your Swedish neighbor comes over, tell her/him tak sa mycket! hmmmm I may have “mycket” spelled wrong….may be mycke or end with a? Anyway, it’s pronounced tahk-sah- mick-a and it means “thank you” in Swedish. When our son was very young, he composed a piano piece as a thank you gift and gave it this name 🙂
      Glad you’re enjoying the series, Toni. We’ll see if the journeyman continues in this nightmare with word #42, or wakes up and retires! 🙂

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  6. paul scribbles September 25, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    Another fabulous concoction of all the words…not only that but sticking to the thematic gets you extra clever bonus points. Marvelous.

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:45 am

      Ah thank you, Paul. Had to introduce the journeyman this time….getting really tricky. We’ll see if by word #42 he continues in this dream, or wakes up to retire! 🙂

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:44 am

      Thank you thank you, Alison. Much appreciate your response here!

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:43 am

      Hah — should be for halloween right, instead of the end of September!

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      • jillys2016 September 26, 2017 / 10:24 am

        Just getting us in the mood for October!

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:43 am

      Yes, the dreamer himself got introduced in this act. We’ll see if word #42 means he wakes up or continues in this nightmare!

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  7. marley raine September 25, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    I especially like the opening two lines and this:
    “Clouds pepper sky,
    curl, balloon, bubble open.”

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:42 am

      Yes….between “pepper” and “spice” a journeyman has now appeared in this series. We’ll see if word #42 works…otherwise he’ll have to wake up and retire! 🙂

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  8. Adda September 25, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    spine-chilling 🙂 connecting words – fabulous!!! A+ 🙂

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:41 am

      . . . and the one holding the grading book has reversed! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed. Excited to talk soon.

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  9. Linda Kruschke September 25, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Creepy! There was hope with those sugar-n-spice dreams, but alas, sweet dreams were not to be.

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:40 am

      Yes indeed….I myself much prefer the sugarl-‘n-spice dreams 🙂

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  10. Mish September 25, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    This is brilliant, Lillian! What a challenge you took on. I especially like how you incorporated the jars…echoing …..very creepy.

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:39 am

      Thank you! Struggled to get out 41…introduced the journeyman to do it and we’ll see if he wakes up now, or continues in this nightmare. Two more weeks, and we’ll see!

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:38 am

      Thanks, Frank. We’ll see if there’s a 42. Getting very hard now to fit in all the words….had to introduce the journeyman this time. We’ll see if he continues his sleep!

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  11. Vivian Zems September 25, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Between ghosts invading dreams and Journeyman giggling…..I know this is a nightmare! Well penned.

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:37 am

      Insomnia has struck this journeyman — me thinks there is a grim reaper nearby. Glad you’re enjoying.

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  12. purplepeninportland September 25, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    ‘Dawn melts, spills rose-red.
    Storm drizzles blood-shadows,
    scars green spring grass.’

    Wildly noir-ish, Lillian. I love it!

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:36 am

      Hah! Me thinks gothic and halloween…but it’s only the end of September! 🙂 Glad you liked it.

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:35 am

      Glad you’re enjoying. I keep looking for an illustration that can be used here, that includes something that looks like “blood shadows” but the few I’ve found are too graphic. It is, after all, poetry 🙂

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  13. kim881 September 26, 2017 / 3:09 am

    Film Noir is right up there with the aged librarian – I think you should produce a pamphlet or chapbook: Lill’s Film Quadrilles – totally noir!
    I love the spooky sounds in ‘Whispers spark sounds, jars echo’ and the colours in the lines:.
    ‘Dawn melts, spills rose-red.
    Storm drizzles blood-shadows,
    scars green spring grass’.
    That’s a breathtaking ending!

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:34 am

      You are so kind, Kim. I keep thinking the series is done….getting harder and harder. Had to introduce the journeyman this time. “Spice” just about closed the show! Glad you’re enjoying.

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      • kim881 September 26, 2017 / 8:04 am

        🙂

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  14. Kathy Reed September 26, 2017 / 5:31 am

    I definitely get the film noir mood here..it’s nonintoxicatingly good.

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      • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:31 am

        Well, intoxicating in any form is appropriate for a virtual pub, right? Glad you liked it, Kathy. We’ll see if there’s a 42…gets tougher every time!

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 7:30 am

      Should be for halloween, right? Instead of the end of September. Glad you’re enjoying! 🙂

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  15. ladynyo September 26, 2017 / 8:26 am

    Creepy, creepy, scary. Just what I needed to get my blood flowing this morning. Excellent.

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      So glad you liked it……should be for halloween, right? 🙂

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  16. Imelda September 27, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    I am simply amazed at how you weave the same words into different poems.

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