Hello, dVerse Poets wherever you are! It’s Merril, and I’m hosting the dVerse pub today. It’s afternoon here in New Jersey, where we’re having a warm and breezy October day, but maybe the sun is setting now in your part of the world? Perhaps you’re about to set down your work to pick up your poetic pen? Open your mind, what you think is not set in stone. Or is it? Kevin Carey manages to use this clichéd phrase in an evocative way in his poem here.
Yes, you guessed it–the word is set. After all, I used the word “rise” for a previous quadrille, so it’s only fair to now set.
“My course is set for an uncharted sea.”
–Dante Alighieri, “Paradiso,” The Divine Comedy
Set your poetic course and use the word set—or some form of the word–in our unique dVerse form, the quadrille. If you’re new to dVerse or the quadrille, it’s simply a poem of 44 words, excluding the title. It can be in any form, rhymed or unrhymed, metered, or unmetered. You can write a haibun quadrille, too. Just make certain your total wordcount is exactly 44 words. You MUST use the word “set” or some form of it in your poem.
Got it? Then, you’re all set.
When you’re ready, post your poem, and add your link to Mr Linky below so that everyone can find it. Read the poems of others. You may be surprised by all the wonderful poets here at dVerse, and everyone appreciates it when others read their work and leave a comment. It may take me awhile, but I will get to everyone!
Jane Dougherty said:
I’ve just been writing about a badger’s set. I think the Oracle has been busy again 🙂
That’s so funny! She’s always with us! 🙂
Jane Dougherty said:
She’s having fun with this story!
Good evening all and thank you, Merril, for hosting. I will try to read and comment on as many quadrilles as possible before bedtime and will be back early in the morning for more! After the floods of yesterday, It’s been a dry but overcast day. We had a planned powercut this morning, so I got out of the house early and by the time I came back the electricity was on again. I just had to check clocks and timers were all reset (!) and correct. I’m looking forward to a visit from my daughter and grandson at the weekend; they’e staying until the following Friday and I’m busty planning little trips suitable for a toddler under two.
Hi Kim. I hope you didn’t get too much flooding. Thank you for taking time to join in!
Hope you are OK. It sounds like being a granny is great fun.
I would love to live closer to them.
Kim, a planned powercut is better than an unplanned one but still not great. Sounds like you will be having a lot of fun this coming weekend.
OK. The pub is officially open. Fortunately, I left the door open, so people could come in before I got here. 🙂
Merril if you’re pouring, how about some hot tea with O’Maras (or Baileys), thank you 🙂
Coming right up!
Ahhhh just right thanks. Cheers!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I thought about Tennis writing… but used it a little bit as a metaphor.
And well done! 🙂
Well, I wrote a poem and it came out far too long, and I couldn’t shorten it, so that’s gone into the poem bag for another time. Then I wrote another one, and edited and re-wrote, and realised I’d edited out the word ‘set’. Third time lucky!
Thank you for persevering. I wrote a haibun first, but then ended up just working with the first part of the haiku part and going from there.
Sarah, third time’s the charm!
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Hello Merril and All. Another sunny day and not quite as cold as the past two. Thank you for the prompt which inspired me.
Yay! I look forward to reading your poem.
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hi Merril and All- Thanks for hosting Merril. It’s 95 here today- unseasonably hot, but it is cooling down later in the week to the 80’s- WOO-HOO. Giving it a go, we’ll see where it lands. LOL
Hahaha. Stay cool!
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Rob Kistner said:
Thanks for hosting Merril! Should be a fun prompt.
Thanks so much, Rob. I hope so. I just realized yesterday that I was hosting today. 🙂
I really messed up, if you can delete my entry here, I read it wrong thinking 144 words instead of 44 words. So sorry!
That’s OK. You can add another one, if you want.
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I set (heh) down my first thoughts, a little silly but clearly meant to be, as it came out at exactly 44 words on the first try. In the Linky–I’ll do another more serious one, because I like the flexibility of this word!
Hahaha. I’m glad you had fun with it. I’ll be over in a bit to read.
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
I do hope what I did was okay- ‘set’ is within a word…
Yes, I think others have done it before. I thought it was very clever!
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Thank you for the prompt. It gave me some pressure release after a really bad day.
Oh, I’m so pleased! Thank you for letting me know that.
And hope things get better!
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Thanks for hosting Merril! (K)
Good Evening – My muse is feeling a bit unsettled
Well, I hope she finds a way to settle. 🙂
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D. Avery @shiftnshake said:
Thank you for the prompt.
You’re welcome! 🙂
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Thanks for hosting, Merril. I like the simplicity of a word that offers so many possibilities. 🙂
Thank you. That’s what I thought, too. 🙂
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Not having a good day with Mr Linky, but all my fault, sitting in Melbourne airport and a bit lagged, Thank you Merril for the prompt.
Thank you for persisting, and good luck with your travels. Being stuck in any airport for long is not much fun. I have a busy day today, so I might not get to yours till tomorrow.
Well, I always say, when you can is best. Hope your days lessen.
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Merril, I had trouble leaving a comment on your blog but, I wanted to thank you for hosting.
Thank you. Hmm. . .I wonder what the problem was? But you’re welcome!
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Just got here and SETting my bag down! Hope it’s not too late to grab a drink – it’s been busy! Thank you for hosting, Merril! I’m making rounds tonight!
Thank you. You can see I’m WAY behind, so you were not too late. I will try to catch up in the next couple of days. 🙂
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