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Hi dVerse Poets around the world! I’m Kim from Writing in North Norfolk and the bar is now open for the Quadrille, when we take any meaning of one word and transform it into 44 poetic words.

Today is Victoria Day in Canada; next Monday is a Bank Holiday in the UK and Memorial Day in the USA. I just hope that we’re not rained on! Which is why I would like you all to write poems of exactly 44 words (not counting your title), including the word rain.

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‘Paris Street – Rainy weather’ (1877) by Caillebotte

The dictionary defines rain as the condensed moisture of the atmosphere falling visibly in separate drops. We can have rainfall, a rainstorm or a shower of rain, or even rainy seasons. Rain can also be a heavy and continuous descent or inflicting of anything, such as a rain of blows or a rain of vituperation.

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‘Rain Shower at Shono’ by Hiroshige

Rain can be a verb, for example, ‘It rained all night long’; ‘Tears rained from her eyes’; ‘It’s raining cats and dogs’. It can mean to send down in great quantities, as small pieces or objects, for example to rain confetti on a parade, or to offer, bestow, or give in great quantity, as in to rain favours upon a person. You can also rain on someone’s parade.

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‘Golconda’ by Magritte

Your rain may be purple (Prince) or hard (Dylan); it might be raining in your heart (Buddy Holly) or raindrops could be falling on your head (BJ Thomas). Maybe rainy days and Mondays get you down (the Carpenters) or you’re only happy when it rains (Garbage):

Join us in writing rain-drenched poems in the hope that together we can magic up a big enough umbrella to keep the rain at bay this Monday! Just be sure your 44-word poem contains some form of the word rain.

Here’s how to Quadrille:

– Write a poem of exactly 44 words, including the word rain.
– 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 poems as you please, including ones with all the words.