Film Noir, Take 42

Breeze flickers,
leaves curl, skip, dance.
Spice jar spills open,
peppers dream.
Freed ghosts shimmer, twist, whisper.
Breathless sounds echo.
Clouds balloon, bubble, spark storm,
drizzle rose-red blood-shadows
scarring green spring grass.
Journeyman grins, giggles.
Fear dawns.
Bliss melts.
Hope dies.
Cue still lull.


De hosts dVerse today. We must include the word “hope” in a Quadrille: poem of exactly 44 words, sans title.  Quadrille Mondays occur every other week. Each quadrille series includes 44 Mondays: a different prompt each time. We need only include that week’s prompt in our poem. This post includes all 42 words given in the series thus far: hope, 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!

43 thoughts on “Film Noir, Take 42

  1. JoHanna Massey October 9, 2017 / 11:08 am

    What a challenge and you executed it superbly. Thank you.

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    • lillian October 11, 2017 / 9:16 am

      Thanks! I keep thinking this is the last act….we’ll see!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. mandibelle16 October 9, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Really nice flow and also kind of scary, along with the picture, a sense of no hope and that lastvlind “Cue still lull” holds you there.

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      • mandibelle16 October 12, 2017 / 4:40 pm

        Very much 😊


    • lillian October 11, 2017 / 9:20 am

      Okay….I am blunderbussed by your comment here. Truly…I keep learning at dVerse and am so thankful for all of the tenders. Glad you enjoyed this one….the prompts just seem to fit the film noir category. Of course, that may change next week! 😦 Very hard not to have “connecters” and more honest verbs!


    • lillian October 11, 2017 / 9:21 am

      Reminds me halloween is coming!


    • lillian October 11, 2017 / 9:21 am

      With each new word prompt, I keep trying to keep those rose-red blood-shadows….we’ll see if there is an Act 43!


    • lillian October 11, 2017 / 9:22 am

      I’m game. Good thing there’s poetic license with words! 🙂


    • lillian October 11, 2017 / 9:23 am

      Thanks, Vivian. The scene keeps shifting but I try to keep the sense there. If I can’t next time, this will be the final act of the series. We’ll see.

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    • lillian October 11, 2017 / 9:30 am

      Glad you enjoyed it. Harder and harder to make those words cascade with sense!

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  3. Waltermarks October 9, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Thanks Grace, you made all 42 to dance in season. The picture is spooky too

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    • lillian October 11, 2017 / 9:28 am

      Lill here….glad you enjoyed! Believe it or not, it’s as hard to find a different picture each time as it is to fit in the words! 🙂

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  4. Mish October 9, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    This is stunning, Lillian…the way you incorporated all the quadrille words and yet nothing seems contrived. The contrasting scenes of joy and horror are expressed so vividly.

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    • lillian October 11, 2017 / 9:27 am

      What a lovely comment to read this morning. Many thanks, Mish. We’ll see if I can keep the sense without using too much poetic license on the words for 43. If not, will bow out happy at 42.


    • lillian October 11, 2017 / 9:26 am

      Thank you. I keep thinking “this is the last act”….trying hard not to compromise the words and keep it making sense. We’ll see if there’s an Act 43. Glad you enjoyed.

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  5. Colin Lee October 11, 2017 / 8:38 am

    This is my favourite Film Noir jigsaw masterpiece … yet. The scene is vivid; the poetics complete; the rhythm organised. I can’t believe it. You’re a genius, ma’am.

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    • lillian October 11, 2017 / 9:25 am

      Blush….thank you, Colin! Well….we shall see if this is the last act. Trying to stay true to words, so to speak…and not take too much poetic license to fit them all in. It’s definitely a challenge. Glad you’re enjoying!

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