Happy Monday, dVerse poets, and welcome to the pub, which is now open! It’s Kim from Writing in North Norfolk bringing you the Q44, our Quadrille, when we take any meaning of one word and transform it into 44 poetic words. Today, I want you to write a poem of exactly 44 words (not counting your title), including the word ghost.
According to Wikipedia, the English word ‘ghost’ comes from the Old English word ‘gás’ via ‘gaistaz’ which is West Germanic. The pre-Germanic form was related to the Old Norse geisa, meaning ‘to rage’. Besides denoting the human spirit or soul, of both the living and the deceased, the Old English word is used as a synonym of the Latin spiritus. It could also denote any good or evil spirit, such as angels and demons, as well as the spirit of God. The now-prevailing sense of ‘the soul of a deceased person, spoken of as appearing in a visible form’ only emerged in the 14th century. The modern noun does, however, retain a wider field of application, extending on the one hand to ‘soul’, ‘spirit’, ‘vital principle’, ‘mind’, or ‘psyche’, the seat of feeling, thought, and moral judgement; and on the other hand, it is used figuratively of any shadowy outline, or fuzzy or unsubstantial image.
There are many different types of ghost, from the Holy Ghost to Banquo’s, Cathy’s or Marley’s ghosts. You can have a ghostly experience, a ghost writer and ghosting on the TV screen – you can even experience ghosting personally, which I understand is the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication. Have you ever seen, heard or felt the presence of a ghost? Have you visited a ghost town, had the ghost of a chance or a ghost at the feast?
Don’t give up the ghost! Come ghostbusting with us! Just be sure your 44-word poem contains some form of the word ghost.
Here’s how to Quadrille:
– Write a poem of exactly 44 words, including the word ghost.
– Put your poem on your blog and link back to this post.
– Link it up to our Mr. Linky.
– Visit other blogs. Enjoy some amazing poets. Comment. Come back later this week and write another one, and visit some more. Comment some more. Create as many ghostly poems as you please. I’ll be reading all week.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Happy Monday… I hope for many good entries.. and ghost is definitely a word that made it easy to write too… love the etymology… great history Kim.
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Happy Monday everyone!! I appreciate the history of the ghost word Kim ~
Thanks for hosting and hope everyone goes ghost hunting this whole week ~
Good evening dVerse poets and a happy Monday too. Thank you Björn for opening up the pub and for your kind comments. After a week or so of being mostly off-line, I’m really looking forward to reading quality Quadrilles. While I was staying with my daughter, I managed to take some interesting photographs, which I hope to use in future posts. However, in about 20 minutes I’ll have to disappear for half an hour but will be straight back!
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Henrietta Watson said:
Reblogged this on All About Writing and more.
Thank you for the reblog, Henrietta.
Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa) said:
Loved the prompt, Kim 🙂 sharing my poem “Memoir (au fait)” hope you all like it! ❤️
I’m still on my way over!
Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa) said:
Happy Quadrille Monday from Bermuda! So good to see you at the bar, Kim — and the history of the word is so interesting! So — have posted mine .
Who ya gonna call?
Might try another attempt a bit later. Internet connections are always tricky from this aquamarine land — but think I’ve found the “sweet” spot in our rental so I can read, comment and post. hmmmm maybe a poltergeist in the place? 🙂
It looks like you’re having a great time, Lillian – a true globetrotter! It’s amazing where you can find wifi these days – we even have it on the buses in Norwich!
Oh dear…..Glenn, I hope you’re reading comments here. Just tried the Mr Linky for your post and it says, “This page does not exist” or something similar. ???
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I corrected the link… Glenn’s poem is now all right.
Thanks for this Quadrille prompt Kim…it tied in nicely with shrouded events on my mind…a bit frazzled at the moment by WordPress hyjinx…apparently when I hit Publish I am publishing one hour earlier…
I’m glad you enjoyed the prompt, Janice, and sorry that you’re frazzled. Have you checked the time on your computer and on WordPress ?
I think the time problem might be connected to daylight savings time … will be on the lookout for settings to fix… thanks Kim 🙂
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Happy Monday! It’s raining and might turn into snow later. Hope y’all are keeping warm, or cool, as the case may be for you. I’m always up for some ghost hunting! Thanks, Kim, for a great prompt word. 🙂
Thanks for joining in!
Quadrilles are always fun to do! 🙂
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Walter J. Wojtanik said:
Sneaking in to stay viable. Will return to read bit later.
See you later, Walt!
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I added an entry comparing my cat with ghosts, angels and muses.
Thank you for this wonderful prompt Kim. It is good to be back in the pub.
It’s good to see you back, Toni. I’ve been off for a while too and it is so therapeutic.
Yes. it is…
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Are you throwing down the gauntlet for Bjorn?
paul scribbles said:
Quick visit tonight from me…very sleepy and busy schedule in the morn…love the prompt and have fired off two entries…will catch up on reading tomorrow.
I’m a bit sleepy myself – looking at the clock, it’s almost my bedtime and I want to read a couple of chapters of my book to get me off to sleep! I’ll just read your second post before I go.
It’s time for bed, I dead beat and am eager to resume reading my bedtime book. So I’ll say goodnight for now and will be back in the morning to read some more!
Good night and see you tomorrow !
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Hi~ You can put your link in Mister Linky so the others can see it ~ Thanks ~
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Victoria C. Slotto said:
Because of my work with the dying over many years, I have experienced a presence from time to time and they have, with the exception of one, been quite peaceful. My recently deceased mom played a few tricks on us in the first week following her death, but nothing since then. I think she let us know her sense of humor endures…the most significant for me was when I was awakened from a deep sleep by a bright light. I was sleeping in her bedroom, alone in her house. I got up and cautiously checked things out but the only lights on were the ones I had left on to make it look like the caregivers were still in the family room. When I returned to the bedroom, I found that a large emergency radio that had a flashlight component had turned on by itself. What can I say? It was no where near anything that could have turned it on.
I am hopeful that I will come to the pub with something, at least once this week. We have company for the month of February…part of wintering in warm climes.
Mum did something similar to me last week. I had just written some personal details about her in the eulogy that had been emailed to me by the vicar who held her service at the crematorium last week. I wasn’t at all happy with the very flat, basic facts he had been given by my sister and, as he had invited me to add to it, I did. I had just returned it in an email and was considering adding something else, when the computer went dead and wouldn’t start up again, giving me a message about preparing to repair – the hard drive had failed!
I hope to see you at the pub soon, Victoria. Much love xxx
Victoria C. Slotto said:
Guess she told you! I believe that in one way or another our mother’s will always be a part of our lives, reminding us of their values and love for us. I’ve got a poem ready to go but need to leave now for a morning engagement.
Oh looks like my first link is only a ghost! Excellent prompt, thank you
Glad you like it!
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Dr. Crystal Howe said:
This one took me a while to write, but I really enjoyed it! 😀
I’m glad you enjoyed it, Crystal!
It seems this one speaks to me on many levels. I have had experiences with beings from the other side.
Thank you Truedessa 🙂
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Laura Bloomsbury said:
could not resist your ghost and can manage 44 words as I make my way back into the land of the living after a rather long illness. Will take me a while to chase down all the other ghosts judging by the number of entries!
I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been ill, Laura. I hope you are well on the road to recovery. I’d better get on my laptop and do some more reading and commenting!
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Late to the party and can’t read until later, but happy to have written, after a few days of silence. Thanks so much, Kim. Awesome Q word! Can’t wait to get around to read everybody’s poems later. ❤
Hi De! I’m trying to catch up before my online chat with the Poetry School between 7 and 9 our time. We’ve had so many fabulous poems.
Nimi (@13nimi) said:
Read your prompt late at night – a night when I am a little down. Helped me put my thoughts into words. Thank you. Good night 🙂
Thank you for reading, Nimi. 🙂
Thanks for the prompt, Kim.
Wrote it and forgot to link!
I’ll go and read it shortly!
Rosemary Nissen-Wade said:
I have a favourite ghost, so this was fun to write and also ties into Valentine’s day!
I’ll be over to read a bit later, Rosemary.
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This was a fun prompt. I could probably write more. I love your intro, Kim! I have to come back and read more of these later. 🙂
I have to catch up on reading – I’ve never had so many poems on previous prompts. I think it’s because the Quadrille is popular. I look forward to reading yours, Merril. Thanks for taking part!
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Awesome word – and turnout! – kim.
I’ve braved The One With All the Words. 😉
Ooh – that is brave – to join Bjorn and Paul Scribbles battle of the words!
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Victoria C. Slotto said:
Bringing up the rear, no doubt. Forgot to mention earlier how much I enjoyed your bio, Kim.
Thanks Victoria. I’ve just got up and I’m on my Kindle while my laotop sorts itself out.
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Ooooh! Love this! And it’s one of my favourite topics! Although it’s pretty late, hope it’s ok if I participate. 🙂
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