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Shel Silverstein 

Who’s ready for some Q? De Jackson (WhimsyGizmo) here, and it’s Quadrille Monday (my favorite!) The Quadrille is a dVerse invention, a poem of precisely 44 words, including one specific given word that’s different each time. Today, I want you to craft a poem around the word box. After all, what are our Quadrilles, if not tiny stories in poem boxes?

Hey, remember Pandora’s box? (Open with caution!)


According to Wiki, if we break down the etymology of the word “box” in the Greek, it was actually a large storage jar, often used to store wine, oil or grain, or, ritually, as a container for a human body, “from which it was believed souls escaped and necessarily returned.” (Wikipedia)Perhaps your poem’s box has a much larger, deeper meaning, also. Is it a room (a jail cell, a cubicle, a broom closet)? A brain? An intangible gift to the soul?

Who remembers the chilling end scene of the movie Seven?

Go dark. Go deep. Or wrap us up something shiny and beautiful, with a great big bow. Put on your boxing gloves and poem like a butterfly, sing like a bee. Give us some Seussian rhyme time (Would you like them in a box? Or with a fox?)

But don’t let me box you in. Maybe you’ll be inspired by the song “Living in a Box” by none other than…“Living in a Box.” (Ah, the 80s.)


Lots of things come in boxes – treasures of all shapes and sizes, surprises. So surprise us today. Write us a poem of exactly 44 words, not including the title, and poem-pummel some form of the word “box” in there somewhere.


New to the Q? Here’s what to do:

Write your Q44. Link it up to Mr. Linky below, and then spar your way through cyberspace to read some of the best poets in the ring. The prompt is open all week, so come back for seconds!

Now, I’ll leave you with these words from Forrest Gump.