Curtain billows in wind.
Candlelight flickers,
flame shivers, dips,
almost snuffed out.
for our predicament,
but a gentler scene.

Healthcare systems threatened.
Tsunami of violence,
hatred, inequities.
We cup our hands
around the flame of hope,
trying to protect it
through these storms.

It’s Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today we’re to include the word “shiver” or a form of the word (not a synonym) in our poem of exactly 44 words, sans title. Pub opens at 3 PM, Boston time. Come join us!

* A derecho is a wide-spread, long lived, dangerous windstorm.

31 thoughts on “Derecho

  1. fireblossom32 January 24, 2022 / 4:28 pm

    It’s brave at least to try.


  2. Ain January 24, 2022 / 4:42 pm

    Lots of loveéy little movements in the first stanza, and brought home in the second…very well done…


  3. merrildsmith January 24, 2022 / 4:56 pm

    Your metaphors are apt for the current climate and political situation. I wonder if we’re in the eye of the storm now.

    I wrote in a similar vein earlier today.


  4. msjadeli January 24, 2022 / 5:14 pm

    Lillian I think there are a lot of us with our “hands cupped around the flame of hope” these days. It’s a powerful image to rally around.


  5. calmkate January 24, 2022 / 5:14 pm

    a very appropriate title for our current situation, well described in your verse Lillian!


  6. rothpoetry January 24, 2022 / 5:59 pm

    A great image of cupped hands around the flame Lillian.


  7. Beverly Crawford January 24, 2022 / 6:30 pm

    Yes! With cupped hands against the storms.


  8. Ron. January 24, 2022 / 6:41 pm

    Love that flame-protection imagery, Lillian. Everything’s so vulnerable these days, eh?


  9. Grace January 24, 2022 / 6:57 pm

    We join you with offering those hands
    around the flame of hope. Hope its not too bad!


  10. adda January 24, 2022 / 7:12 pm

    Beautifully done.. hope… we all need it and need to protect it.. my hands are cupped


  11. K.Hartless January 24, 2022 / 9:37 pm

    Yes, indeed. A truthful vision of our current state. May our hands hold firm until gentler breezes blow.


  12. Bodhirose January 24, 2022 / 9:53 pm

    Too many overwhelming storms are swirling out of control. It’s almost too much to bear. We must keep that flame of hope lit until the storms die down.


  13. Ali Grimshaw January 24, 2022 / 9:55 pm

    “We cup our hands
    around the flame of hope,
    trying to protect it
    through these storms.”
    I feel like I am doing just this as I work to support children and teachers each day.


  14. Mish January 25, 2022 / 12:04 am

    An effective articulation of the times with the imagery of cupping hands to protect the precious flame. We must never lose hope.


  15. paeansunplugged January 25, 2022 / 3:05 am

    We sure need to keep the candle of hope burning! Love this, Lillian.


  16. Quaranjavirus January 25, 2022 / 3:38 am

    Yep,we need to have hope,and we can wend our way through this pandemic. Great poem 🙂


  17. ben Alexander January 25, 2022 / 4:14 am

    We cup our hands

    Oh, Lillian… were it not so…



  18. Ingrid January 25, 2022 / 1:26 pm

    I think that flame of hope is worth protecting, Lillian: well said!


  19. whimsygizmo January 25, 2022 / 1:48 pm

    What a beautiful image of protecting something so fragile and vulnerable, yet so powerful if it thrives, and spreads.


  20. pvcann January 25, 2022 / 4:26 pm

    A delicate situation, a tenuous flame, a raging wind, the shivering flame still there, a palpable tension.


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