Welcome to the Q! Mish here as your host.
I was thinking about the many versatile words previously offered up for our Quadrille challenges. We’ve crunched it, curled it, boxed it, rocked it, muddled and drizzled it, added a twist, spiced it up and spilled it…but we have never ever
steeped it ? Hmm…
So I give you the word “steep” to infuse into your poem of 44 words. Use it as a verb and let it percolate.
As an adjective, set your sights high.
OR you can incorporate it as a noun, “a steep place; declivity, as of a hill”. (dictionary.com)
Though the torrents from their fountains
Roar down many a craggy steep,
Yet they find among the mountains
Resting-places calm and deep.”
Try another form of the word. You can soak on these – steepish, steeply, steepness, steepened or create your own hyphenated concoction. I’m feeling a little “steep-deprived“, myself. Remember you are not required to use “steep” as the subject or theme of your poem (though you can). Just be sure to include the word “steep” in some form AND of course, your quadrille must be exactly 44 words, not including the title.
Aww….maybe you’re feeling a little unsteeped? After all, it is January. Let me pour you a good strong cuppa. Sit back and mull the possibilities.
Here’s how to join in:
- Write a poem of exactly 44 words (excluding the title) including the word “steep”.
- Post it to your blog or website.
- Copy and paste the direct URL of the poem and your name into Mr. Linky.
- Post the link to dVerse on your blog and social media sites.
- Visit other poets’ work to read and comment.
- Return to read more. The prompt is open all week.
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Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello Mish… this word made me want to rhyme a lot… steep deep sleep… I had fun at least-
Glad you had fun with it, Bjorn!
Great prompt, Mish.
Thanks Sarah! Passing you some freshly baked cookies and tea.
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Good evening poets and especially Mish – thanks for hosting the Quadrille with an interesting word. It’s freezing here and we almost ran out of logs for the log burner. We’re expecting a delivery any time soon but the ones we got to tide us over are not kiln dried – not enough flame or heat. I have my trusty rug to dive under and I’ll make some more of that tea I wrote about. 🙂
Hi Kim! Hope you warm up soon. I just arrived home safe from snow blowing sideways and terrible roads. Cheers to hot tea!
Frank Hubeny said:
Thanks for hosting, Mish! I almost thought the word was “sleep” until I read it more carefully. But that was easy to work around.
Hi Frank….well I could steep some chamomile, then you could have steeped and perhaps a sleep. Thanks for joining in. 🙂
you made me smile with the “steepiness” of all the ways i can go with this quadrille! i have just the right one and it has tea too! happy hosting to you Mish!!
Hi Gina…I love anything to do with tea…and the word “steepiness”.
i am a convert – tea has recently been something i look forward to greatly, love this word you gave us -so jaunty!
Hi Mish and All. I will take you up on your offer of a good strong cuppa please. It’s been 10F the past 2 days and a brisk warm up would be appreciated.
Coming right up! Served in a fancy tea cup.
so lovely, thank you very much. ::sip:: ahhhhhh!
Hi everyone! 🙂 I was sent home early from work due to the weather. Absolutely horrible!!! So glad to be off the roads and safe with a hot cup of orange peko.
Looking forward to your quadrilles!
Sooo glad you are home, safe and warm, Mish. LOVE the word! It is also cold and grey in Boston today so I just couldn’t help but think about spring in my post — even though it’s far away. We are supposed to be in the deep-freeze in a few days. Chicago will have a high of – 15 degrees F on Wednesday. That’s right! A HIGH and yes, that’s a MINUS. The windchill is predicted to be – 45 to – 60! UGH. Boston won’t have it quite that bad!
Finally taking down all the Christmas decorations today. Will be back in the early AM to read and relax! 🙂
The temperatures are dipping here too. I am thankful for your Springy quadrille. Stay warm, Lil. 🙂
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Charmed Chaos said:
Hello Mish- Happy you are safe and warm. Joining in for this lovely prompt.
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Robert D said:
What an interesting prompt! As a lover of tea, I’m always up for a good excuse for a cup of tea! I enjoyed playing around with the word. Thanks for the fun while dinner bakes.
Hi Robert, thanks for joining in with the prompt. We have many different varieties of tea in the pub today. Enjoy!
Thanks Linda. 🙂
Hi, Mish! Great prompt. Thank you for hosting!
Hey Charlie…thanks for joining in. 🙂
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Thanks for hosting, Mish! I’ll be by to read in a bit::)
Hi Jilly! Sounds great. 🙂
Dr. Crystal Howe said:
Thanks, Mish. The Q has always been one of my favorites, and I especially like this one. 🙂
Hi Crystal, thanks for joining in! ..I’m sorry I will have to remove your link. It gives the ol’ “oops” message, so it’s not leading to anywhere. Perhaps you could try to link up again?? Not sure what the problem was.
Dr. Crystal Howe, I just clicked on your linky link multiple times but it keeps saying the place doesn’t exist….
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Great word, Mish–so many ways to go with it. I went for light and breezy and rhyming. Now steeping some tea.
Hi Merril 🙂 Light and breezy sounds refreshing. Enjoy your tea!
Thank you! 🙂
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Maureen Sudlow said:
Thanks for the opportunity – went with honey
That sounds interesting, Maureen. I’ll be over soon to read. 🙂
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Frank J. Tassone said:
Evening, Poets! Thanks, Mish, for pubtending and serving up such a sumptuous selection! I evade such steep expectations with my latest offering. 😉
I’ll take a bottle of burgundy whenever you’re ready! 🙂
I look forward to reading it, Frank. A bottle of burgundy is a steep order but here you go…:)
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Thank you for this prompt, Mish. I suspect this group will be great fun to read. Mine is posted, as I listen to puppers snore and worryingly check on a bee in a box.
A bee in a box? Oh my!
Thanks for joining in, Nora. 🙂
L. Stevens said:
Thank you for the prompt, it was quite inspiring! I accidentally posted the wrong link the first time I entered on Mr. Linky. My apologies, and if possible can it be deleted?(#25)
Yes, I will do that for you. No worries. 🙂
L. Stevens said:
Thank you, much appreciated!
Thanks for hosting Mish. I like the prompt! I’m late in posting. My cardiac rehabilitation is M, W & F at 1:00 PM Pacific Coast Time. The prompts appear here at noon, so I am on my way to exercise at that time.
Hi Rob! Not a problem…and it’s always nice that the Quadrille prompts are open all week. Looking forward to reading yours. Thanks for dropping in to say hi. 🙂
My muse immediately spoke to me – thanks for the prompt
Hi Truedessa. It’s great when the muse cooperates. 😉
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V.J. Knutson said:
Thanks Mish for this prompt – afraid I got a bit silly. All in good fun.
I think we can all use a little “silly” sometimes. 🙂
V.J. Knutson said:
Yes, we can
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Love the word choice, thanks for hosting😊
Hi Pat..thanks for joining in. Glad the word spoke to you. 🙂
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Fantastic word, Mish. Will be back in the morning for a strong cuppa, and then to read everybody’s poems. Thanks for the inspiration tonight!
So glad you could join in, De! 🙂
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Lona Gynt said:
Hello Mish and y’all. I slept on this one, and then woke up and posted, so linking a tad late. We closed our clinic due to weather, but it is ridiculous, because there is nary a fleech on our Alabama roads, but it will be cold, down to 21 (glad it’s not worse). Will have a chance to read a bit though, so it was worth it to be ridiculous. Nice prompt, it is a good steeping stone for a quadrille. Actually woke up right after a dream and wrote this one down, then edited down from 109 words to the requisite 44. Hope it breathes. I will have something nutra-steepped and carbonated. 😉
Hi Lona…I am home today because of weather and roads. The temperature here today is just a bit colder than yours. Bone chilling. How wonderful that your dreams spoke to you in poetry. 🙂
Lona Gynt said:
I don’t envy bone chilling
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I like the prompt, but somehow my quadrille turned into a 49 word triolet. I didn’t like for that reason, but thanks for getting my fingers moving!
OH just five words to eliminate…..you can do it ! 🙂
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A late late entry…this one needed to steep in my brain for a bit… https://iidorun.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/letting-go-a-steep-learning-curve-a-quadrille/