Okay, poets. It’s Quadrille Monday, and it’s time to put a little ZIP in your doo-dah. De Jackson (aka WhimsyGizmo) here, and for today’s Quadrille (a poem of exactly 44 words, not including the title, using one word we provide), I want you to use some form of the word zip.
Zipper. Zipping. Zipped. Zip a dee doo dah. Zippy. Spunk and zip. Fire up your Zippo lighter. Go zip-lining with your words. Just don’t zip your lip – it’s time to let your words spill. What’s your poetic zip code? Use the word in any form, or as any form of speech you choose. Zip your words together with a few hyphens, or get crazy with parentheses. Just be sure some form of the word “zip” is in there, and that your poem is exactly 44 words long.
New to the Q? Here’s what to do:
Unzip your writing kit, and pen us a poem of exactly 44 words, including some semblance of the word zip. Click Mr. Linky below to link up. Then zip your way around the blogisphere to visit some of the most talented poets around. The prompt is open for the whole week, so remember to come back and read (and write!) some more.
Happy Monday everyone! Thanks for hosting De ~ I will be zipping in later for the poetry trail ~
Hi, Grace! 🙂 Happy writing!
Greetings, fellow poets! Are you feeling zippy today? Leave us a poem, and I’ll pour you a drinky and zip on over to read you, loud and clear. Happy you’re here!
Hi De and Grace! Zip is such an onomatopoeic word to quadrille with! I expect a wide range of interpretations this week!
I hope so, Kim. I was surprised we hadn’t chosen a “z” word yet, and thought it would be a fun one to play with. 😉
Sadly there are not so many ‘z’ words in English. I can think of plenty in German!
paul scribbles said:
Hey De. Cool prompt as always.I have zipped in and then will be zipping out again. Have some work to attend to. Back laters x
Hi, Paul. Zip in, zip out, drink up. Glad you’re here!
A zippingly good word for a Monday that unzipped every ounce of my energy!
Loved it, Jilly! 🙂
Happy April Poeming to any fellow crazy souls who are NaPoWriMo-ing, or PADing over at Poetic Asides!
Zip zip zooray!
Zippidy doo dah-day to you, Sarah! 🙂
What a great word. Lots of room to play …
Thanks, Girl. Have fun with it! Heading over soon! 🙂
Whew! Been at a dead run, zipping here and there. Great prompt! I’m diving into some reading, coffee in hand. Cheers!
This sounds like an interesting prompt. I have a question. Is the Quadrille something that d’Verse folks made up or is it a legitimate form of poetry. I was not able to find anything about writing a quadrille in the on line search. Also I sent one of my quadrilles to an editor for submission and they wrote back wondering what I meant. I referred her to our website for examples. She had never heard of it before.
Can any of you answer this question for me??
Hi, Dwight. The Quadrille was invented right here at dVerse, and is just exactly, simply, what we describe it as:
an exactly 44-word poem that includes one provided word.
So happy you are sending your work out for submission! Good luck! (But maybe don’t label it as a “Quadrille,” as pub outsiders will not know what you mean.) 😉
Here is a link to the Genesis of the form, for your info:
Thank you so much for the explanation. I thought it was unusual that I could not find it on line. I explained what it was and gave them our website. She did accept my poem about the Sugar Maples being tapped, for publication.
AWESOME! Congratulations! 🙂
Charmed Chaos said:
Great, challenging prompt. Thank you!
Thanks so much! So glad you enjoyed it.
+1 on the excellent prompt – thanks for hosting and looking forward to zipping through the poetry later.
So glad you’re here!
Hello poets. Thanks for a great prompt, De.
Not feeling too zippy as I am grieving the loss of a friend but it was an opportunity to do a little venting in 44 words.
Mish, again I am so very sorry for your loss. Poem-venting is always good.
Frank J. Tassone said:
Hi, Poets! Thanks, De Jackson, for putting a little zip in our step! 🙂 See you all on the poetry trail!
Hi, Frank! Glad you’re here!
Leave it to you, De, to offer a zippedy-do-dah prompt! I like the quote of hands like a “zipper of prayer” 🙂 You brought back some fun zip-lining memories for me. Thanks!
Hi, Lynn! Heading over now!
Wanted to let all you blogspot folks know that I’ve updated my computer in the last couple of days, and am now having troubles commenting on blogspot accounts. I have tried everything (Facebook account, my own url, my google persona, and anonymous.) Please know that I have read each and every poem, and commented, which has apparently flown off somewhere into cyberspace, because they are not appearing on your sites. So sorry.
My hot techie guy (aka hubby) figured it out, and I’m all up and fully commenting again now. Ah, technology. 😉
Ian Muollo said:
Here are my late Monday night thoughts on “zip.”
What an interesting word! Thank you.
Thanks for the prompt, De. I finally got mine up, and I’ll be back to read. It’s extra hard to keep up during NaPoWriMo. 🙂