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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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