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This Monday it’s me again, Kim from Writing in North Norfolk, welcoming dVerse poets to this week’s Quadrille, when we take any meaning of one word and transform it into 44 poetic words.

The word today is ‘wild’, most often an adjective meaning living or growing in the natural environment; not domesticated or cultivated. Synonyms for ‘wild’ include untamed, undomesticated, feral, unbroken, fierce, ferocious, savage, uncultivated and natural. It can also mean uninhabited, uncultivated, or inhospitable.

You can have a wild party, take part in wild dancing, or burst into wild applause. Wild can mean very angry, very excited, or a look that is frightened or manic. Wild hair is long and untidy, and you can experience wild weather or a wild night. In slang, the adjective ‘wild’ can mean very unusual, often in a way that is attractive or exciting, such as ‘Those are wild trousers you’re wearing!’  One can even make a wild accusation or guess, or start a wild rumour. I rather like the sayings ‘wild horses wouldn’t drag me’ and ‘in your wildest dreams’.

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European wildcat

As a noun, you can have wild or wildness. ‘In the wild’ means in in natural conditions, independent of humans, and ‘in the wilds’ means in an area that is far from where people usually live and difficult to get to, and that is not considered easy to live in, for example ‘in the wilds of Borneo’. There is also a verb, ‘to wild’, which means to treat a person or animal harshly, so that they become untrusting or nervous. Some words containing ‘wild’: wilderness, wildflower, wildebeest, wildwoods, wildling, wildfowl, wildcard, wildfires, wildlife, wildcat and wildish.

A book that I loved reading with my daughter is Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak,.

I found several poems, too. The first is ‘The Peace of Wild Things’ by Wendell Berry.  Another is ‘The Wild Common’ by D.H. Lawrence.  Finally, one by Mary Oliver: ‘The Summer Day’.

A song that came to mind immediately was ‘Wild Horses’ by The Rolling Stones:

This week I’d like you to take any meaning, form or compound of the word wild, and write a poem of exactly 44 words (not counting your title), including the prompt word.

Here’s how to Quadrille:

– Write a poem of exactly 44 words, including the word wild.
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The Quadrille lasts all week, so keep coming back for more! Let’s go wild!