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Greetings, poem-producers! De Jackson (aka WhimsyGizmo) here. It’s Quadrille Monday again (my favorite!)…when we pen poems of exactly 44 words (not counting the title), including one specific word provided.

My girlie had a big volleyball tournament this weekend, so I’ve got a bit of this on the brain:

In the game of volleyball, a spike is simply a precise, hard, one-handed hit directly over the net. Today, I want us to employ that word – and perhaps that thought – to our poems.

You can spike your drink. You can spike a fever. There are railroad spikes, and spiky hair. And then, there’s this guy:

Maybe you remember this Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Or maybe you’re more a fan of Spike Lee, or Spike Jonze?  Is your blood pressure spiking yet?

Whether you use it as a noun, verb, adjective or adverb (she said, spikily), just be sure your poem of 44 words includes some form of the word spike.

If you like, spike us more than one tale in poetic prose. Remember, hyphen fun is welcome, as are coined words and phrases of your own making. Hope this spikes some creativity in your soul, as you get to it!

New to the Q? Here’s what to do:
Just pen a poem of precisely 44 words, including some form of the word spike. Link it up by clicking Mr. Linky. Then make your way around to the other posts, to find some of the most talented poets around.  The prompt is open for the whole week, so remember to come back and read (and write!) some more!

Hey, Spike, what do you like?
– Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

There were two men down
and the score tied
in the bottom of the eight
when the pitcher died.

And they laid his spikes
on the pitcher’s mound…
                     – Paul Simon  

Okay, that’s just adorable.