Lillian here, delighted to host Monday’s Quadrille.
Any of you who have followed me here at dVerse know that I am, in the words of my daughter, a Pollyanna kind of person. That means, I always choose to see the glass half-full instead of half-empty….or at least a glass that has the possibility of being filled to the brim. Since my children (now 46 and 43) were toddlers, I was forever saying to them “Use your words” instead of doing that two-year old high-pitched scream when things didn’t go their way. When they were teenagers, sitting at the supper table being sullen and/or rolling their eyes in that teen way, again either my husband or myself would say, “Okay, time to use your words! What’s going on?” And for me….words have always been powerful. They can build a person’s self esteem or tear it down. They can reassure someone or predict doom and gloom. They have the power of brightening someone’s world!
And in today’s world, and I literally mean today’s and yesterday’s and the most recent world of the last few weeks, we have all been challenged to stay positive. In many ways, when we take care of ourselves we take care of others, and we enable ourselves to better care for others. Many of us have spent more time inside the walls of our home in the past few weeks than we have in a long long time. And many of us have not been able to hug our family and friends – those who don’t happen to live within our homes. It’s hard to stay positive in these times. At the same time, it’s important not to negate our feelings. It’s alright to be disappointed, or frustrated; to grieve for what has been removed from our calendars. And I think it’s normal to then feel guilty that we’re grousing about something that, in the scheme of things, is truly minor in comparison to those who have lost loved ones to this virus….or in comparison to those who have lost jobs and incomes….or in comparison to those who are literally risking their health and well-being taking care of Covid-19 patients or delivering food or working as essential workers so we can have some muted kind of normalcy. Someone once told me, “Normal is only a setting on a clothes dryer.” Think about it!
So – I need to be positive today! I need to smile. I need virtual hugs. Do you?
The word for today’s Quadrille is “silly”…..you can use any form of the word. You can use it as an adjective, a noun, a verb….anyway you’d like. Have some fun with the word! I’m hoping we can all smile today, at least while we think about what to do with this word. And you know, the wonderful thing about a virtual pub for poets? Hugs are encouraged here….as are happy drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) with little umbrellas in them! Our bar stools are close together so step right up…..let’s be a bit silly together! And just to get you in the mood, here’s a few photos of me doing just that!
Photo explanations: Me with my grandson a few years ago; me posing with a lawn decoration in Provincetown; me at the Automotive Museum in San Diego in February; and the last one is at the Scripps Aquarium in La Jolla, CA.
The dancing one: October 2019. We went to our 50th college reunion and that weekend also took a day trip back to Iowa. I taught high school English in a small rural school from 1971 to 1974 and directed school plays including the musical George M. Some of my students arranged a mini-reunion to see me….they are now between 62 and 65 years old! Someone brought the music for Give My Regards to Broadway and two of my “students” grabbed me and boy did we have fun! YES, I was a very young high school teacher! I had not seen these “kids” in about 45 years…over 30 of them came from all over Illinois and Iowa. It was amazing!
New to dVerse? Need to be refreshed on the rules?
Here’s what to do:
- Write a Quadrille : a poem that is EXACTLY 44 words long, not including the title.
- And the poem itself must include the word “silly” or a form of the word (ie silly, silliness, silly-how).
- Post the poem to your blog AND add the exact URL for your poem to Mr. Linky below.
- REMEMBER to either TAG dVerse in your post, or include a link at the end of your poem that leads readers back to dVerse (https://dversepoets.com).
- If there is no Tag or link back to dVerse, I will gently remind you to add it or remove your post from Mr. Linky. Sorry to be so harsh…..but this is just part of the requirements AND it will bring you more readers and lead more folks to dVerse so they can participate as well!
Hello everyone! We started out with sun….graying quickly with rain clouds now. sigh. So I’ll just look at the photos I posted here and lighten up a bit!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Ha.. love to play a bit… it’s been a long weekend here, so it’s good to be back writing a little bit.
Looking forward to some light-hearted fun with this post. But…okay is some go to the more serious side as well….silly is as silly does.
Love all your stories and photos! What a great time you had with your former students!
Silly is as Silly does! (almost Forest Gump(
It was truly amazing to see them all. We started with only 4 folks who were there before we got there. And then each time the door would open, I’d look at this face and see it as a high school student again…and I’d just scream with recognition. I was so touched that so many came. Even had the 86 year old father of one of my students come!!!! His son (my former student) lives in the East now but the family is still in Marengo so he showed up. So so fun!
So much fun indeed! There is no better affirmation, of the difference you made, than to have students come back in appreciation.
Thank you! You made my day 🙂
As a fellow teacher, I know how much that means!
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hi Lillian- Love the photos and the prompt. Thanks so much for brightening our day. I think I’ll have a pink lemonade please with a turquoise umbrella in it! Big hugs to you all.
OOOhhhhh someone else who loves umbrellas in their drinks! Pink lemonade coming right up. Good to see you hear, Linda! Pull up a stool and enjoy 🙂
Frank Hubeny said:
That was a great photo-op at the aquarium being inside the mouth of that white whale or shark.
It was great fun! Of course I had to wait in line for my turn….my husband patiently waiting with phone in hand to take the pic while I stood in line with lots of children 🙂 Kid at heart….that’s me! 😉
Hello Lillian and All. The silly idea of silly as a prompt is just plain…. awesome! Nice photos of fun times and good cheer also. It’s sunny here and a little on the cool side, but that’s ok. I should have written about the 2 bullfrogs I keep seeing in the front ditch as their bellies are so round and their eyes are so bright. Raising a glass of “fizzy lifting drinks” (shameless Willy Wonka steal) to you all assembled cozily up to the pub. Cheers!
Ohhhhh so good to see you here! I started reading your comment here and thought…oh dear…he doesn’t like the prompt and then got to the “just plain …. awesome!” HURRAH! So glad you like it and think it’s fun. So…. my question is, do you hear those bullfrogs at night???
Thanks for the welcome, Lillian 🙂 about the bullfrogs, no idea of it’s them but there is a chorus of varying frogs at night yes! They’ve been ecstatic the last couple of days.
When we were in Bermuda, there were teeny tiny tree frogs that made a racket at night if you had your windows open….this shows my age, but the first night I thought for sure there was a fax machine somewhere in our bedroom that we hadn’t noticed and it was sending us a fax. I actually got up and turned the lights on to look! 🙂
So funny, Lillian. You were getting messages but being “faxed” to someone else.
This post makes me smile! 😀 I will try to pen something silly. In the meantime, I would like a matcha green tea latté, please. 🙃
Latte coming right up! Glad you like the prompt 🙂 Handing out lots of smiles today at the pub 😉
Good evening all! I’m having computer problems and thought I wouldn’t be able to link up tonight. I managed to get it to work again, linked up, typed a comment in and pressed ‘post’, and the WiFi failed again. I’m on my Kindle now, so please ignore any typos or strange words the gremlins have changed. I need a stiff drink now and, as luck would halve it,have found the remains of a bottle of gin, to which I will add sparking cucumber and mint. Cheers!
Hello Kim. Now that drink sounds quite refreshing! We’ve had two lovely days in a row…..actually bought a pot of pansies for our deck while out on our walk yesterday….and slept with the window open last night. Alas….May is disappearing tonight and temps will be cold again. I shall just enjoy my reading here….and pretend the sun is coming up strong tomorrow as well 🙂 Sometimes make-believe helps 🙂
Na'ama Yehuda said:
Ah, I am almost ALWAYS game for a bit of silly …
Even if it means tattle-telling on poor Billy … 😉
LOVE your post! Made me smile 😉 and chuckle out loud. The rhyming makes it especially fun!
Na'ama Yehuda said:
Yay hurray! I was fun to turn out … 🙂
Ali Grimshaw said:
Thanks for the prompt and for hosting. I really enjoy the quadrille writing. My contribution isn’t silly but I did find a way to use the word. Hang in there eveyone.
Glad to see you here Ali…..including the word silly is all that’s needed…..lots of silliness so one that’s not so silly will be good! 🙂
Ali Grimshaw said:
Thanks for stretching me.
I haven’t been here in such a long time. Glad to be back. I was a little nervous and had to delete the picture I had intended. It was something I drew but that I copied from Pinterest. I got nervous about copyright laws. It was nice writing about something other than Corona.
Welcome back, Myrna! Glad to see you here. We’re a fun bunch….and especially when the prompt is silly! 🙂
Thanks for hosting Lillian. (K)
You’re welcome! I always love to tend the pub!
Donna Matthews said:
Great prompt idea 🙌🏻
Glad you like it, Donna. Silly is as silly does 🙂
Good evening all. We had the first real thunderstorm today, and I’ve danced jive tonight, so something light and fun suited my mood right now perfectly.
I should sleep soon, but wouldn’t mind a silly drink before bed! 🙂
Silly drinks with little umbrellas in them all set up on the bar. Take your pick! So glad you joined us tonight. Silly is as silly does and we all need a little silliness to keep us sane in these challenging times!
gillena cox said:
Nice one. Happy Monday to every one,
😁MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH U😁
AHA! National Star Wars Day…….so fun you know that!
I had to make up a word, but I think I have managed to be silly (or sill-y)
I enjoyed your post very much….poetic license always allowed and encouraged at dVerse. I love made up words….such as ….. we have some very good bubblicious drinks at the pub…what can I offer you?
Okay folks….eyes and fingers getting tired here so I’m going to retire for the evening. As always, key is under the mat outside the door….libations available, ice in the freezer and little umbrellas on the bar for embellishment. Keep posting….keep that silliness going! I’ll be back in the morning with my hot coffee in hand, ready to begin my day with smiles. So keep posting and I’ll see you in the morning!
Having fun while bar tender snoozes! Thanks for the umbrellas…it’s raining in Iowa which is perfect as we’ve got all our crops planted …early this year! Grand kids help inspire all sorts of silliness 😀
Lynne: Guess I didn’t know or forgot you are from Iowa? Where in Iowa? We lived 1970 to 1974 in Marengo; then 74 to 97 in Iowa City. It is definitely in my opinion, the Heartland! 🙂 Here in Boston, I’ve often been asked what I miss about Iowa. My answer is always the same: that first taste of a fresh picked tomato in the garden, eaten like an apple! 🙂
…and maybe sweet corn on the cob smothered in butter?! We farm in the northwest corner…an hour north of Sioux City.
Thanks for the prompt, I’ll have a glass of red wine with my rhymes
Nice to see you here Truedessa. Since I just got back to the pub…..slept in a bit and then have been reading paper and relaxing….I hope you helped yourself. Red wine aplenty behind the bar: cabernet, syrraz, merlot…..
Lillian, I just discovered that I missed that this is Quadrille Monday! My poem seems to be a double Quadrille!! Sorry!! I got caught up in the prompt and forgot the form.
HAH! I enjoyed reading it so much I didn’t notice….and I usually have an eagle eye for that! And give gentle reminders etc. BUT – since folks are allowed to post 2 quadrilles (only OLN is limited to one post), I’ll let it ride 🙂
Thank you for your kind consideration! I will try to be more careful!
Thanks for the quadrille! You think that people would have had enough of silly
Well…..I for one enjoy a good silly and will take one every day. That said, I mean positive silly that is no harm to anyone.
Sascha Darlington said:
Yay, you, Lillian! I’ve made it my quest to be upbeat on my blog, with all of my writings (hopefully not impossible), for the next month. Thank you for helping me in my task! 💖
Always happy to hand out smiles and a bit of silliness along the way! 🙂
Oh…I didn’t quite get into the spirit of this one. I might have to have another go…
Will be over to read in a bit….late getting up and then lolling around the house and enjoying my two cups of coffee with no interruptions. I always enjoy what you write, Sarah…..silly or not (but with the word silly in there). 🙂
I’ve had another go – got a bit sillier this time. We did get very silly at the weekend – my sister-in-law is setting some Taskmaster challenges during lockdown – we did our own interpretation of Adam Ant’s “Stand and Deliver” this weekend – even got my son to crack a smile!
I LOVE hearing the different ways folks are lightening up their days and getting through these challenging times!
A great idea Lillian, we all need a laugh.
Indeed we do! On my way over to read now….everything that’s been posted since I retired from the pub…..place is open again now for the day. My guess is we’ll have more takers today. Step write up! 🙂
All such good fun.
larry trasciatti said:
On such a dreary rainy day , during such an unpleasant time in history, this is so very nice and happy
kenyanito biko said:
Aweome! Must have been silly to miss. . .