Celestial Journal

Eyes spy these skies.
Robin’s egg blue ‘round brilliant yolk.
Dreary gloom leaking drizzly days.
Snowflake cutouts fairy-floating.
Impressionist pinks and mauves.
Ominous grey turning dark,
thunderclap cymbals crashing loud.
Cantankerous clouds tango dipping.
Firecracker sun fizzling out,
begrudgingly cedes to starry starry night.

Written for Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the world. Today, De asks us to write a quadrille (poem of exactly 44 words, sans title) that includes the word “sky” or a form of the word. Photos are from various years in our beloved Provincetown, except for Van Gogh’s Starry Starry Night (one of my favorite paintings of all time).

56 thoughts on “Celestial Journal

  1. Ingrid September 21, 2020 / 9:06 am

    I like the dramatic contrasts of the various types of sky imagery here, and especially the description of the sky as ‘Robin’s egg blue ‘round brilliant yolk.’ A beautiful combination of images too!

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  2. sanaarizvi September 21, 2020 / 3:28 pm

    Fantastic imagery in this one, Lillian! 😀 I must confess I am quite taken at times by “Impressionist pinks and mauves.” 💝

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    • lillian September 21, 2020 / 3:48 pm

      Taken by impressionist pinks and mauves…you???? That’s the romantic in you, Sanaa! 🙂

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    • lillian September 21, 2020 / 3:48 pm

      Skies can be so different, one day to the next, that’s for sure!

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  3. Lucy September 21, 2020 / 3:31 pm

    Such vivid imagery and a beautiful, vast portrait you paint throughout your words. Stunning.

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  4. whimsygizmo September 21, 2020 / 3:35 pm

    Just beautiful, Lillian. I was hoping someone would evoke Van Gogh. 🙂

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    • lillian September 21, 2020 / 3:49 pm

      My favorite painting of all time….happy to grant you that wish! 🙂

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    • lillian September 22, 2020 / 2:45 pm

      Provincetown, over the years, changes her skies so often!

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  5. msjadeli September 21, 2020 / 4:08 pm

    So many different skies, it sets the tone for the day each day. Nice to be in a place where nature’s slideshow is wide open. Great photos, Lillian!

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    • lillian September 22, 2020 / 2:46 pm

      Provincetown skies….an ever changing canopy to our wonderful annual visits to Provincetown.

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  6. kim881 September 21, 2020 / 4:20 pm

    A quadrille full of sounds and colours, Lill. I especially lobe the internal rhyme of ‘Eyes spy these skies’ , the crash of those thunderclap cymbals and the image of ‘Robin’s egg blue ‘round brilliant yolk’.

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    • lillian September 22, 2020 / 2:47 pm

      Provincetown is my muse…..I never have trouble writing every day here. I’m up for the sunrise, grab my tea, and pen in hand, write away! The scenery here is so calming….a balm to the creative side!

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  7. Beverly Crawford September 21, 2020 / 4:39 pm

    So beautifully descriptive. I love it all!

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  8. robtkistner September 21, 2020 / 5:19 pm

    Hi Lillian! This is something I need to share with my fellow writers here at dVerse. I so enjoy reading the work that you create and post, and am genuinely honored to be embraced as a part of this community of poets. May we all find healing in these challenging times. And as a true aquarian love child, and also a proud flower child of the 60’s, who truly believed then we would some day change the world to be a better place for all, and still believes that we might yet do it — I wish each of you peace, health, and love. Write on!

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    • lillian September 22, 2020 / 2:48 pm

      Oh yes…..dVerse is indeed a special place!

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  9. Arcadia Maria September 21, 2020 / 5:31 pm

    Lovely quadrille. You captured the imagery very well in your words. Nicely done.

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  10. peterfrankiswrites September 21, 2020 / 6:15 pm

    Each line a perfect image – much like your gallery – and great sounds – ‘tango dipping’ ‘leaking drizzly days’ ‘cedes to starry night’- what a marvellous sky we live under.

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    • lillian September 22, 2020 / 2:49 pm

      I’m smiling. Glad you liked “tango dipping” …. it was my favorite combination of words in this one! 🙂

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  11. Grace September 21, 2020 / 7:08 pm

    Love the energy, colors and movements specially:

    Cantankerous clouds tango dipping.
    Firecracker sun fizzling out,
    begrudgingly cedes to starry starry night.

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    • lillian September 22, 2020 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you, Grace. I so enjoy just sitting on the deck here in Provincetown and watching the sky! 🙂

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  12. Truedessa September 21, 2020 / 8:08 pm

    You have captured the many moods of the sky. The photos were a great companion. Truly enjoyed your verse.

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    • lillian September 22, 2020 / 2:50 pm

      So glad you enjoyed! Provincetown skies are always amazing and different every day and every night!

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  13. Victoria Stuart September 21, 2020 / 8:47 pm

    After playing “I spy with my little eye” yesterday, I started reading this poem with bright curiosity and was instantly taken on a magical journey. Beautifully done!

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    • lillian September 22, 2020 / 4:20 pm

      Oh yes….we used to play that game in the car when our children were little…in the days of driving on vacations for miles and miles with no “devices” except our imaginations! Glad you enjoyed the poem.

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  14. lynn__ September 21, 2020 / 10:44 pm

    Love the wild skies you spy! I think Van Gogh’s starry night might inspire more poetry…

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    • lillian September 22, 2020 / 4:21 pm

      My most favorite painting of all time! Well….I also love his sunflowers. I’m definitely a Van Gogh fan.

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      • lynn__ September 22, 2020 / 4:57 pm

        me too 🙂

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  15. oldegg September 21, 2020 / 11:34 pm

    Nature is always glad to paint pictures far better than we can ourselves, and what better thn a starry night. Loved it.

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    • lillian September 22, 2020 / 4:22 pm

      So glad you enjoyed. Nature is definitely at master at the easel! 🙂

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  16. Dale September 22, 2020 / 11:50 am

    The skies have so many faces, don’t they? You’ve captured them beautifully, Lillian, in words and images!

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    • lillian September 22, 2020 / 2:51 pm

      I so agree, Dale. So glad you enjoyed sky watching with me!

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      • Dale September 22, 2020 / 2:52 pm

        I did!

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  17. Dora September 22, 2020 / 7:50 pm

    “Impressionist pinks and mauves” – my favorite

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  18. purplepeninportland September 25, 2020 / 9:10 am

    “Cantankerous clouds tango dipping”

    I love this for the language, and because I can envision it.

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