Wandering Troubadour

Serial killer, folksong singer,
croons Pete Seeger tunes.
Strums guitar strings
while pressing fret on neck.

Wicked smile then splays his lips
when nightfall comes, he changes gigs.
Metal strings undone from fret
now seek a human neck.

Reminder note:
new strings needed tomorrow.


Kim hosts Quadrille Monday today at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. She asks us to include the word “fret” or a form of the word, in our post. Quadrille: a poem of exactly 44 words, sans title. Photo from Pixabay.com

34 thoughts on “Wandering Troubadour

    • lillian June 17, 2019 / 5:58 pm

      Yup! Have no idea where these dark things come from….sometimes they just appear on the page from my pen!!!! Truly, I am a very kind, law abiding, gentle person! 🙂

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  1. kim881 June 17, 2019 / 3:10 pm

    My goodness, Lill, your troubadour is scary, with his serial killer smile and metal guitar strings! He would make an excellent character in a crime thriller.

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    • lillian June 17, 2019 / 5:59 pm

      Have no idea where these macabre posts come from….somehow my pen just moves and they appear on the page!

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    • lillian June 17, 2019 / 5:59 pm

      Thanks! Definitely went to te dark side with this one….surprised me when I saw the words on the paper!

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  2. kanzensakura June 17, 2019 / 3:14 pm

    Very dark Lillian. You see these people on the street and don’t know what secrets they carry. Yikes indeed.

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    • lillian June 17, 2019 / 6:00 pm

      Oh Toni….sometimes I shock myself when I see what I’ve written. Truly, I am a very gentle person. But somehow, these words wrote themselves!


    • lillian June 17, 2019 / 6:01 pm

      Hah….fingerprints on the guitar strings? Or because he’s a troubacour…which usually means wandering….is he able to strike and then move on? Oh dear….HOW can I write things like this????


  3. msjadeli June 17, 2019 / 4:36 pm

    You just never know what some peoples’ moonlighting might be. Sounds like labors of love for both. lol

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    • lillian June 17, 2019 / 6:02 pm

      Oh my yes. This guy defines the idea of moonlighting a second career! 😦

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  4. Glenn Buttkus June 17, 2019 / 5:03 pm

    Wow, the stuff of novellas. Garroting is a favorite of assassin’s tools, but a guitar string is inspired; smile.

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    • lillian June 17, 2019 / 6:03 pm

      Yeah well….this guy is definitely puffing on Puff the Magic Dragon’s drug of choice and hopefully, won’t wander too long before he’s caught! Sometimes I just look at the words I’ve written and truly don’t know where they came from! Dark side for this one….and truly I’m really a Pollyanna at heart!


    • lillian July 2, 2019 / 8:41 am

      Well…..I’ll finally get back to my comments and reading posts during our dVerse hiatus!


  5. Truedessa June 17, 2019 / 8:06 pm

    Wow, I wasn’t expecting that! Sinister…well done…


  6. Sascha Darlington June 17, 2019 / 8:39 pm

    Yep, I imagine those strings are unusable. Unexpected but very good. 🙂


  7. adda June 17, 2019 / 10:47 pm

    So dark but so well written..


  8. Roslyn Ross June 17, 2019 / 11:22 pm

    The juxtaposition of the aweful and the awful. Great.


  9. robtkistner June 18, 2019 / 3:34 am

    That man plays for blood Lillian oowee! Powerful poem!


  10. Xan June 18, 2019 / 8:49 am

    I laughed. I’m not proud of it. Marvelous.


  11. katiemiafrederick June 18, 2019 / 2:08 pm

    Vocal Chord Strings
    Yet to Fret.. Words
    Sing Along Fingers
    Dance with Toes too..
    Piano Percussion HeART
    Beats too Strike A Note
    ALiVE iN
    Dance of Steps
    Words of Song
    Free NoW SinG..:)


  12. Lona Gynt June 24, 2019 / 2:59 pm

    I wonder if he only chooses the highest tippers? Hmmm. Vewy Scawy 🥶
    Well written lil

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    • lillian July 2, 2019 / 8:42 am

      Thank you, Lona! Finally will have time during dVerse hiatus to get back to comments and do some reading 🙂

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