Film Noir, Final Act

Cue dream journey.
Breeze flickers, curls, skips, dances.
Creaking ghosts kick clouds,
grin, giggle, twist, shimmer.
Whispered sounds spring free,
echo, bubble, balloon.
Still lull spills open,
sparks storm, jars bliss.
Drizzled rose-red blood-shadows
pepper dawn, scar green leaves.
Fear spices breath.
Hope melts.


De hosts dVerse today. We must include the word “kick” 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 Monday. We need only include that week’s prompt in our poem. WE ARE NOW AT THE END OF THIS SERIES, MONDAY #44!  This post includes all 44 words given in the series thus far: kick, creak, 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.  ‘Tis the final act of the Film Noir series. Bar opens at 3 PM Boston time.  Come join us!

52 thoughts on “Film Noir, Final Act

    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 7:31 am

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed.


  1. mandibelle16 November 6, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    Great scary poem I love the line: Drizzled rose-red blood-shadows. It’s a great description!

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    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 7:32 am

      Hah! Those rose-red blood-shadows are one of the few images that have remained through all the reiterations of the Film Noir series. Glad you enjoyed.

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      • mandibelle16 November 7, 2017 / 1:14 pm

        Oh neat. I have read a few from the series but not all, I’ll watch for that line now 🙂

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  2. X November 6, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    What an interesting approach, to use all of the words of the series.

    It makes for an interesting turn there in the middle. Everything going good, and then something happens and all the colors darken just a bit. Jars bliss. I like the double meaning there….to jar, or shake bliss…but then to can “jar” bliss, lock it up.

    How easily this can happen in real life. In one pivotal moment.

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    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 7:35 am

      You’ve got that exactly right. The nightmare that jarred bliss — double meaning does work here. So glad you enjoyed! Really appreciate your thoughtful comment.


  3. whippetwisdom November 6, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    Take a bow Lillian! So well done and I love those ghosts kicking the clouds! ;o) xxx

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    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 7:36 am

      Hah! Kickin’ clouds….much more fun than kickin’ the can or the bucket! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.

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    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 7:36 am

      Well….there’s respite…this is the final act! 🙂


  4. Grace November 6, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    What an ending with fear spicing breath and hope melting ~ Well done with all the words Lillian ~

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    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 7:39 am

      Thanks, Grace. All I can say is “Whew!” Pressure off. Let us begn with one word again 🙂 Glad you enjoyed this one, minus the journeyman.


    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 7:42 am

      Takin’ my bow….humbly so. WHEW! So glad to arrive at the finale…now we can just have that easy one-word debut 🙂

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    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 7:45 am

      So glad you enjoyed. Yes 🙂 kickin’ the clouds is must better than those ghosts kickin’ the bucket….after all, they’ve already done that 🙂


  5. adda November 6, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Wonderful! An amazing gift you have with words. I like how this poem starts out calm and playful, then rises as “ghost kick” and “sounds spring free” to manifest a “storm” and “drizzle” rendering “fear” and “hope melts” . Such a fun read. ❤

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    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 7:46 am

      Glad you enjoyed! It was a fun series….now in two weeks, it’ll just be a one-word-prompt-debut. Finale done! 🙂


  6. kim881 November 6, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Oh my goodness, the final film noir! I will miss it. What are you going to do for the rest of the year? I love the opening line – very you, Lill – and the movement of the breeze.Those ghosts have been having a wonderful tiem this year.

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    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 7:48 am

      Thanks Kim. All I can say is “Whew!” Finale done. Yes….the journeyman disappeared and the “cue” shifted from last line to first line. A fun series to do. You’ve been wonderfully supportive in your comments throughout. Many thanks! 🙂

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  7. peterfrankiswrites November 6, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    So clever and coherent – the movement from play to alarm through this verse -and all the foreshadowing of a true thriller – the film noir has been a great series.

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    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 7:50 am

      Thank you much, Peter. So glad you enjoyed it and that you followed the “plot” so well … if you can call it that. Much relief to do the finale….now onward in two weeks to a simple one-word debut! 🙂


  8. Candy November 6, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    Whew! What a little overachiever you are 😉 Well done.

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    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 7:51 am

      Hah! Much relief here to have the finale. Onward to a one-word debut! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.

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    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 7:56 am

      Thank you, Victoria! Onward to a one-word debut 🙂 Glad you enjoyed!

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      • Victoria C. Slotto November 7, 2017 / 2:34 pm

        Maybe I will try to jump in this time. Or maybe not. It seems I’ve had trouble coming up with anything lately.


    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 7:57 am

      Thanks, Frank. I must admit….I am quite relieved to have reached the finale. And now, onward to the one-word debut in two weeks. A new series shall unfold….or perhaps simply some independently standing vignettes! 🙂

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  9. LadyInRead November 6, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    Drizzled rose-red blood-shadows …. that is an attention-getter.. and you use all the words so effortlessly

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    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 8:00 am

      Thank you! Those words “rose-red blood-shadows” are the only ones that have carried through all the acts of this film noir series…and the only hyphenated words. It’s been a challenge and . . . whew! I’m so glad to get to the finale. It’s been fun but now it’s time to move on in two weeks and have a one-word debut! 🙂


  10. Glenn Buttkus November 6, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Another Noir winner. Lil–I would he used /fear breath spices/; jut saying. So many of us have tried ALL the words, one starts seeing repeats; smile.

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    • lillian November 7, 2017 / 8:07 am

      …and now we can all catch our breath as in two weeks, we’ll have a new 44-word series begin and it will spark many one-word debuts! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.


  11. nosaintaugustine November 7, 2017 / 9:03 am

    I don’t know how you do it! I liked the structure you gave to this with the breeze, ghosts, etc followed by the actions they take. Very impressive!


  12. nosaintaugustine November 7, 2017 / 9:05 am

    I wonder if you will be sick of these words and ban them from future poems or if seeing them from many angles has given you more ideas for using them?


  13. Colin Lee November 7, 2017 / 11:05 am

    Please accept this from me:
    *a 90-degree bow*!

    You did it!


  14. rosemawrites November 8, 2017 / 1:57 am

    oh the beat of this poem. and then the last line. boom.


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