Lillian here, hosting our virtual pub for poets today where we’re gathering in honor of that unique dVerse form, THE QUADRILLE.
Friday my daughter and her family were scheduled to have dinner with us. We’re on the 7th floor of a high-rise in Boston. The telephone rang (yes, we still have a landline). I answered it and heard my 11 year-old grandson say, “Umm . . . YaYa (they call me that) . . . we’re here . . . but Rika just threw up all over the lobby floor.” My husband and I quickly rode the elevator down, saw one of those yellow plastic small sandwich boards balanced over the offensive stuff and saw Rika standing in the corner with a tear-stained face. I went right to her and GATHERED her in my arms to reassure her all was okay. She’d gotten carsick on the way here. We all came upstairs and after Rika rested a bit, we GATHERED AT THE TABLE, sang our traditional table grace, ate a yummy dinner and shared happenings of the day, old memories, and family stories.
Today I watched a bit of Barbara Bush’s funeral on television. It was a GATHERING of her family, friends, present and former government dignitaries, and others –all assembled to celebrate her amazing life.
I got to thinking about that word “gather.”
If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive. DALE CARNEGIE
She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind. TONI MORRISON
Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust. JESSE OWENS
Then of course, there’s those tuxedo shirts men and women wear on more formal occasions that have PINTUCK GATHERS down the front.
Seems like a good time to GATHER YOUR THOUGHTS AND CREATIVE JUICES and write a quadrille that includes the word “gather” or a form of the word. REMEMBER: the quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words, not including the title. The word “gather” or a form of the word must be included in the body of the poem.
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Pub is open folks! Gather round for some libations and some good writing and reading too. It’s finally sunny and daffodils are popping in Boston. Thank goodness!
So I’m in a sunny mood, gathering all my wits about me to meet you folks…sangria? Diet cola with a twist of lemon? What can I do for ya?
Thanks for the great quadrille word! Sangria sounds wonderful 🙂 Look forward to reading some wonderful poetry.
Sangria coming right up! I make it with extra fruit and a peppermint twist. Glad you see you, Jilly. And glad you liked the word 🙂
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I gathered my thoughts and wrote a quadrille… currently trying my best in writing 30 poems in April… I have some catch-up to do, but I’m getting closer…
Glad to see you here, Bjorn. I loved your response to the prompt. Well…..I’ve posted more than 23 poems….but several of them on the same day as I missed a couple while playing with my grandaughter! Family first 🙂
Thanks Lillian for hosting ~ We had a wonderful spring weekend ~ So toasting everyone a great spring season ~
Nice to see you here, Grace. Have you noticed the spring to everyone’s step outside lately? 🙂
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Just read about Toronto Grace… I hope you are safe.
Oh Grace…did not realize you are in Toronto. Stop by the pub here and let us know you are okay.
Thankfully it happened after I left via subway so I am okay ~ The whole block and area are cordoned off ~ Good thing I don’t drive, but take the train ~ Terrible tragedy for all ~ Thanks for your concern ~
Thanks for hosting and for giving us a challenging prompt word, Lill! My Quadrille is based on an experience from this weekend.
Glad to see you here, Kim. Will get over to reading in just a bit….setting up the pub with sangrias and limoncello-lemonade with peppermint twists! 🙂
Frank Hubeny said:
Thank you for hosting, Lillian, and the “gather” prompt.
Glad you’ve gathered with us, Frank! Always happy to serve up words at the pub 🙂
Happy Monday! Great prompt.
It’s a sunny Monday here 🙂 Glad you liked the word choice!
Hi Lillian. Glad to hear that your daffodils are coming up … I hope to see some soon as well.
I used the prompt to help clear my mind (the gathering dust)…which I often do 🙂
So nice to see you here, Janice. Yes….I LOVED your housekeeping post! 🙂 Made me smile and wish…if only…. 🙂
Thanks Lillian … writing helps 🙂
Dee A. Robb….if you are looking at the chat here…the link you’ve provided on Mr Linky is not going to your poem. Click on the title of your poem on your blog, then go to the url for your blog and click on it and you’ll see that it now has an “extension” on it that includes your poem. Copy that and paste it into Mr. Linky. Once your actual poem is posted, I’ll delete the one that I see now…which doesn’t go to your poem. Hope you read this….would love to see your response to the prompt!
Thanks for the fine prompt Lillian. When I hear that word a certain poem springs to mind, so being the jerk that I am, I had to mangle it a bit. Fun for me. We finally have decent weather so I did a bunch of digging, it was almost hot, I’d like a Tom Collins please…
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Tom Collins coming right up! How about a bit of muddled basil leaves in the bottom of the glass…just for a twist? 🙂
Ah yes……..gathering rosebuds……What also came to mind for me with this word was “Shall we Gather by the River” — that old-time church song. Although I’ve never sung it, in church or anyplace else…at least that I can remember. Maybe it was on the Lawrence Welk show which I was forced to watch with my parents? Did you know that Lawrence Welk was actually born in North Dakota (I think – at least I know it was in the midwest)…so what was with that accent and all the bubbles???? Ah…but you’re probably too young to understand any of this bantering and perhaps don’t even know about good ole Mr. Welk and Bobby, his tap dancer who was one of the original Mousketeers on the Micky Mouse Show. Wow….I am digressing…
Stepping away from the bar to go out to dinner on this glorious still sunny night. Shall leave the porch light on and several pitchers of sangria on the bar. Hope to return this evening…but if not, in the AM. Hope many of you will still gather here so I can have some great reading in the AM with my coffee! 🙂
Frank J. Tassone said:
Evening, Poets! Thanks, lillian. For the prompt and the sangria! 😉
Back from dinner to read for a bit….then again in the AM. Glad to see you Frank.
Hey, all. I am drive-by poeming for now, as I have to run out for the evening, but I will be back to read soon. Happy gathering!
Nice to see you! Well, I always leave the porch line on for drive-by-poemers 🙂 I’ll be reading a bit tonight now, since we’re back from dinner. And then tomorrow too.
D. Avery @shiftnshake said:
I do enjoy a good pub. Thank you for hosting Lillian.
Nice to see you tonight at the pub. And yes indeed, it is a good one! I always love hosting the pub — gathering all the words to imbibe 🙂
A little late tonight – but a great prompt – thanks Lillian – look forward to rich readings everyone’s gatherings.
Ah sVerse…such a fun place to gather virtually!
Laura Bloomsbury said:
Quite a gathering has arrived before me but some of the best people arrive late 😉 thank you for this honey of a prompt Lillian
I’m just getting back to reading this morning again – with my coffee and honeybun😊
Hi Lillian, thank you for hosting this lovely prompt! I have linked my quadrille as a haibun and will swing by later tonight to read xxx
paul scribbles said:
Well last night’s outing turned into this morning….pheew….out again today helping my daughter move the last few things…have added all the words and now must sleep…tomorrow is set aside for reading/commenting.
You are a busy guy! Glad to see your post here….evidently quadrille is open till Saturday afternoon. So I keep bopping back in 🙂
Victoria C. Slotto said:
Coming in a little late, but can’t miss my all-time favorite–the quadrille.
Hi Victoria! Me too….I love the quadrille. My first time hosting it….didn’t realize it stays open till Saturday afternoon….and the chat too. So I’m bopping in and out 🙂
A lovely prompt, Lillian. I’ll be back to read later tonight. It was a busy day!
Glad to see you here! I’m bopping in and out…prompt is open till Saturday afternoon. 🙂
Thanks, Lillian. I’m still catching up on reading. The last few days have been very busy. 🙂
Late for the quadrille party but did not want to miss out….an interesting word choice, Lillian. 🙂 Cheers!
Just read…wonderfully done.
Kern Windwraith said:
Sneaking in not quite under the wire, but close. Love the prompt!