Parlor Game

Pick a plant most like you.
Obviously, she said,
Prickly Pear.

Haughty. High-society.
Stiletto heeled.
Rouged pink bosom blossoms,
bursts forth from green signature gown.
Rapier scathing words,
thorns thrown at his every overture.
Succulent indeed,
but peeling away her defenses?
Nigh to impossible.


It’s Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Today Mish asks us to include the word “peel” or a form of the word, in our quadrille: a poem of exactly 44 words, sans title.
What plant best describes you?



23 thoughts on “Parlor Game

  1. Glenn A. Buttkus February 24, 2020 / 3:38 pm

    Like a sAilor told my sister,”Just a little prick and it’s all over.” What a fun prickly ride; your analogy is wonderful.

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  2. merrildsmith February 24, 2020 / 4:36 pm

    Wonderful–love the descriptions, but oh my, to be that person or around them!

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  3. gillena cox February 24, 2020 / 4:47 pm

    OMG this is fantastic



  4. JoHanna Massey February 24, 2020 / 4:49 pm

    Delicious, Lilian, Thank you for writing this sassy excellent prose and sharing it. All my best to you.


  5. Mish February 24, 2020 / 7:18 pm

    Aww, Lil…this was so much fun to read and I especially loved your choice of lingo with “rapier scathing words” and the use of “nigh”


  6. Arcadia Maria February 24, 2020 / 7:54 pm

    What a fun read. Great descriptions. I especially liked the stiletto heel imagery.


  7. Truedessa February 24, 2020 / 8:33 pm

    That was interesting, I kept thinking about the cactus and it’s thorns of her reality.


  8. Ali Grimshaw February 25, 2020 / 1:09 am

    This is such fun. And I like the ending.
    Succulent indeed,
    but peeling away her defenses?
    Nigh to impossible.


  9. whippetwisdom February 25, 2020 / 11:31 am

    I was also going to call this delicious Lillian, a wonderful write xxx


  10. Susan St.Pierre February 25, 2020 / 11:56 am

    What a great image! The phony ones have too many layers. At some point, the lose their core completely.


  11. Linda Kruschke February 25, 2020 / 5:12 pm

    Interesting description of one who has put up a wall of defenses covered with thorns.


  12. Nancy Jahnke February 26, 2020 / 2:41 pm

    Great word picture paralleling the person and the plant! You are amazing!

    Sent from my iPhone



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