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Whasssssssssssup, Poets?

(Apologies for that. I couldn’t help myself.)

De Jackson here, aka WhimsyGizmo, and it’s time for my fave, the Monday Quadrille, a jaunty little poem with only two rules: exactly 44 words (not including the title), and using one word we provide.

This week’s word is our tiniest yet. Today, I want you play with the word “up.” Noun, verb, adverb, adjective…this wee word is versatile, and can be tossed into the mix in so many ways.

(Shel Silverstein) 

Upward. Upside-down. Upstart. Upbringing. Uprising. Up to date. Up in smoke. Up in the air. Shut up. Grow up. Put up. Show up. Throw up. Up the ante or your game. Just…

Put it in a form, or play with rhyme (or not). The rest of the “rules” are completely up to you. Just be sure to cook us up a poem of exactly 44 words, including some form of the word up. Get creative with parentheses and hyphens if you’d like, or make up your own up-word, but please be sure the word up is in there somewhere. Link it up by clicking Mr. Linky below. Then look up the work of some amazing poets right here at the bar, read and comment. The prompt is open for the whole week, so remember to come back and read (and write!) some more! Now, onward and upward…

{This made me laugh out loud.}

{This movie always makes me smile. And sob.}