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Welcome all poets! This is Michelle (Mish) bringing you today’s quadrille prompt.

I was thinking about recent events and how we’ve become so caught up in all of it. For some, it has been quite stressful. Besides these worldly matters, we continue to face our own personal struggles. My heart goes out to many of our team members at dVerse who are currently dealing with loss, family illnesses and other challenges. I am inspired by their courage as they continue to dedicate their time in spite of these difficulties.

Often in these times, we can lose sight of ourselves. Sometimes we need to step back to find a new perspective. Sometimes we just need to b..r..e..a..t..h..e.

Today I would like you to take a deep breath. Seriously.



In…..through your nose….1, 2, 3, 4…and

Slowly out….

Empty your lungs.

Empty your mind.


Deep breathing exercises help us relax and reduce the stress and tension that we carry daily. It is a natural way to bring us back to a sense of calm. Here are a few websites with techniques and tips for deep breathing if you are interested.




I would like to offer you the word “breath” or “breathe” for this week’s Q44. You can use other variations on the word, such as breathless, breathtaking, breathable or get creative with word-play. Your quadrille does not need to be about breathing. Just remember to include the required word.

I leave you with one of my favourite songs by Anna Nalick that reminds me to exhale when things get rough.

If you are new to dVerse, here is how it works:

  • Write a poem that consists of exactly 44 words, not including the title. Include the word “breath” or “breathe”.
  • Copy and paste the direct link to your poem into Mr.Linky.
  • Drop into the pub, take a seat, relax, say hello.
  • Visit other poets and comment on their work. Return again later in the week to read more.
  • Take care, everyone.