Ode to Love

Rise up this morn, ingenue divine.
Sing joy unto the skies for youth,
for energy and love.
Live now to dance in flower laden fields.
Soon enough
petals shall shrivel upon their stalks,
energy depleted.
But love, if tended well,
will never desert you.

Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today, Monday, August 22nd is Quadrille Monday. Linda asks us to write a quadrille (poem of exactly 44 words, sans title) including the word “morning” or a form of the word. If you look carefully in the first line of Ode to Love, morning is there, albeit broken in to two words.

Apologies to dVersers! I am on a cruise until September 2nd and have very little access to the internet…and when I do, it is intermittant. Therefore I am unable to read your posts to dVerse prompts. Do not feel the necessity to read or post comments on my poems during this time since I can rarely reciprocate.

PS: Poem before this one on my blog, includes photos from our first cruise to the Norwegian Fjords. We are on back-to-back cruises and have just begun the second leg, our Best of Scandinavia cruise.

25 thoughts on “Ode to Love

  1. Joyce August 22, 2022 / 10:49 am

    “But love, if tended well,
    will never desert you.”

    Liked by 1 person

  2. whimsygizmo August 22, 2022 / 3:04 pm

    How beautiful, Lil. This reads like a lovely psalm. Happy cruising!


  3. Rob Kistner August 22, 2022 / 3:53 pm

    This is very touching Lil, love it! 🙂✌🏼❤️


  4. kim881 August 22, 2022 / 4:16 pm

    I don’t know how you managed to write and post your ode to love while on a cruise in Europe, Lill! Are you still in Germany? As you can see, I’ve been following your progress. I enjoyed the imperatives, calling for the reader to make the most of life – and that’s what you’re doing on your cruise. What an ending, a reminder to tend love well!


  5. Ron. August 22, 2022 / 4:30 pm

    Beautiful work, masterfully delivered, L.. Thanks. Sail on!


  6. danadampier August 22, 2022 / 5:21 pm

    Beautiful poem and picture! Have a great time!!


  7. rothpoetry August 22, 2022 / 6:26 pm

    Beautifully written, Lillian. I love the reminder that love never fails!


  8. Maria L. Berg August 22, 2022 / 7:25 pm

    That first line is great!


  9. Ali Grimshaw August 22, 2022 / 7:58 pm

    “But love, if tended well,
    will never desert you.”
    There is nothing more powerful than love.


  10. kittysverses August 23, 2022 / 4:41 am

    “But love, if tended well,
    will never desert you.”
    Beautiful. 🙂


  11. Gillena Cox August 23, 2022 / 9:41 am

    Even love needs nuture
    “But love, if tended well,”



  12. Leyde Ryan August 26, 2022 / 2:32 am

    Oh my that’s nice!!


  13. Jaya Avendel August 26, 2022 / 9:07 pm

    Love the empowerment in this beautiful piece! ❤


  14. Everything Plant September 19, 2022 / 6:58 pm



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