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Hey, gang. De Jackson here (aka WhimsyGizmo), and it’s that time again: Quadrille Monday, wherein we pen a poem of exactly 44 words (not including the title), using one word we provide.

Every January, I pick a word for the year. To be inspired by. To live by. A reminder to fall back on, when life gets busy and loud, and (sometimes) stupid. This year, I’ve chosen the word BOUNCE. As in resilience. As in energy. As in what happens to evil when it hits Wonder Woman’s bracelets.

Today, I’d like you to bounce along with me. Remember Tigger?
Channel his energy. Send a little red ball bouncing along the edges of your poem. Recapture the bounce of childhood, of trampolines and pogo sticks (am I dating myself?) Or write about a barroom bouncer named Guido. Use it as an adjective, a verb, a noun. Get clever with some hyphens or parentheses. Your call. Just be sure some form of the word “bounce” literally appears in your poem.

Here’s some inspiration:

New to the Q? Here’s what to do:
Bounce along poetically for exactly 44 words, including some semblance of the word bounce. Get creative if you’d like, and certainly have some fun with it, but please be sure some form the word “bounce” is in there somewhere, and that your poem adds up to exactly 44 words, not including the title. Link it up by clicking Mr. Linky. Then bounce your way through the blogisphere to experience some amazing poets. The prompt is open for the whole week, so remember to come back and read (and write!) some more. Bounce on, my poetical friends.