Illusions of Evil

Magician, sleight of hand his trade.
Quick undetected moves.
Misdirection while abracadabrahing.
No white rabbits.
No multicolored scarves
tucked up his sleeves.
Ladies’ man supreme,
handsome and mysterious.
Meandering lover, he savors the travel,
one step ahead of wanted posters.
Disappearing wives his specialty.

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Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets, where it’s Quadrille Monday! De hosts and asks us to include the word “quick” within our quadrille (poem of exactly 44 words, sans title).  Photo from pixabay.com

55 thoughts on “Illusions of Evil

    • lillian September 10, 2018 / 2:49 pm

      Hah!
      Looking forward to reading quadrilles today. Grey windy day in Provincetown with glorious big rushing swooshing waves hitting the shore😊

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  1. Glenn Buttkus September 10, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    I think Bjorn is referring to “Bluebeard”. The image is very striking–Houdini-like. Nice gentle and dark rocking of the prompt.

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    • lillian September 10, 2018 / 3:18 pm

      Thanks, De. Should put it beside my old Film Noir quadrille-series poems! 🙂

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  2. kim881 September 10, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    Ooh, sinister, Lill! It sounds like you’re having some excitement and drama in Provincetown. Am I right in thinking that Cape Cod, including Provincetown, is known for being haunted?

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    • lillian September 10, 2018 / 3:19 pm

      Yes — and a place of many writers – poets and dramatists. Norman Mahler, Mary Oliver, Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams……..I think their spirits still ride the waves!

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      • kim881 September 10, 2018 / 3:23 pm

        I always like the sound of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

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      • lillian September 10, 2018 / 3:24 pm

        And besides Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, there’s also Block Island which is much less developed.

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  3. kanzensakura September 10, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    A friend of mine is on her yearly trip to Ptown. Knowing her, she is in the hot tub in the rain and enjoying it thoroughly. I like this devious poem of yours. Presto change – from quick to the dead and another wife hits the dust.

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    • lillian September 13, 2018 / 10:06 am

      Smiling I am….and the end of your comment! Rain last night…but the clies are brightening…and even in the rain, the ocean and relaxation is bliss.

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      • kanzensakura September 13, 2018 / 6:17 pm

        A rainy day at the beach is still better than a sunny day in the office. My friend goes up there twice yearly with a bunch of lesbians. They sit in the hot tub on the deck and call it Dyke Soup. I love Ptown myself. I knew it from the early days in the early 70’s. A wonderful place of artists, locals, and restaurants. I used to love going to the Cape, in my reckless feckless youth. Then I got older and returned to my roots on the NC Coast. Lovely place, quiet and scenic, not very built up in places. Did they use Ptown in Jaws?

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    • lillian September 13, 2018 / 10:07 am

      Always fun to do what I call verbifying!

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      • Lona Gynt September 14, 2018 / 7:37 am

        And gerundymandering 😉

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    • lillian September 13, 2018 / 10:07 am

      Or at the very least, a necklace of garlic! 🙂

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      • Lona Gynt September 14, 2018 / 7:38 am

        Or the police? Hehe

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  4. anmol(alias HA) September 10, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    Ah, such a disquieting personality — I love your character-sketch and the mysterious tone of the poem. The beginning acts as a foreboding of what is to come — wanted poster, disappearing wives, et al.
    Very well-penned. 🙂

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    • lillian September 13, 2018 / 10:09 am

      So glad you enjoyed! Thank you!

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  5. Frank Hubeny September 10, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    I liked those disappearing wives and “one step ahead of wanted posters”.

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  6. Grace September 10, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    Devious and sly, he can disappear too! Good character sketch Lillian.

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    • lillian September 13, 2018 / 10:10 am

      It is fun to make up characters — little vignettes. Goodness….if we put them all in one room….all the characters created by dVerse folks???? 🙂

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  7. sanaarizvi September 10, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    Oh this is deliciously dark and enticing! ❤️

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  8. Janice September 10, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    A sinister portrait in very few words…we know this is someone to not invite to dinner.

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  9. Truedessa September 10, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    one step ahead of a wanted posters – now that is deviously clever..

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  10. Beverly Crawford September 10, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    Well, your muse took you on a fun trip for this one. Bravo!

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  11. MrsBednar September 10, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    the slick, quick talking man… always dangerous!

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  12. Singledust September 10, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    his skill will be in quite of a demand – lovely quadrille Lillian

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  13. Laura Bloomsbury September 11, 2018 / 6:56 am

    quick witted quadrille Lillian – the disappearing wives were a deadly last line

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  14. annell4 September 11, 2018 / 8:57 am

    He may be handsome, but I don’t think I like him much? Sounds like a bit of a rascal and a bounder.

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  15. lynn__ September 11, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    Those whispers in the ear sound like trouble for sure!

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  16. Linda Kruschke September 11, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    Interesting take on the prompt. I love magicians, but they can be a bit devious.

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  17. Dorianna September 11, 2018 / 3:33 pm

    Oh, that is so dangerous…great take on quick

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  18. Misky September 11, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    Clever turn at the end, Lillian.

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  19. Mary (tqhousecat) September 11, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    The picture goes well with the poem. Human props, no rabbits needed. Have fun in Ptown! I took the ferry from Boston years ago.

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  20. Charley September 12, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Deplorable! A cad and a bounder! I feel safer knowing that no women are prone to this kind of behavior. 🙂

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  21. Lona Gynt September 14, 2018 / 7:44 am

    So are you going to proclaim to whom you have dedicated this quadrille? Hehe, we all had fun here.

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