It’s Quadrille Monday! Are you here to play?
Just 44 words is all you have to say.
Include a word we choose. Yep! that’s the game.
Now, come and poem your way to Quadrille fame!
This is De Jackson (aka WhimsyGizmo), here to bother you into poeming today by poking your muse with the word “bother.” The Quadrille is an invention of our own making right here at dVerse, a poem of exactly 44 words, including one word we provide. You choose rhyme or reason, form or function, mood and ’tude. Just be sure you include some form of the word…
Bother. Bothersome. Bothered. Bothering.
I used to babysit a little girl who would say she had “the bothers” when her clothes were drivin’ her nuts. What gives you the “the bothers?”
“Let you alone! That’s all very well, but how can I leave myself alone? We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Here’s an oldie but goodie to inspire us:
Laurie Berkner, Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me
New to the Q? No bother! Here’s what to do:
Compose us a poem of precisely 44 words, not including the title, and including some form of the word BOTHER. Post it on your own blog, and then link up using Mr. Linky below. Once your own poem is written, be sure to click about a bit, and “bother” some of your favorite poets with some fun comments. The Q is up all week long, so feel free to come back and bother us again and again.
A quick note (oh, bother): I will be out of town on Monday as this post bothers its way into your inboxes. Sanaa has kindly offered to tend bar for me. Don’t give her any trouble, ya hear? I’ll be back in action on Tuesday!
Welcome to Quadrille evening, everyone!
On the menu we have buffalo wings and dry riesling, tuna steaks and castello monaci kreos rose, or if you prefer we also have cranberry almond sweetheart scones with coffee/tea of your choice.
See you on the poetry trail! 😀
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Good evening… I so enjoy being here, can you please serve me some water tonight… it is Monday after all.
A tall glass of water coming right up! Good to see you, Bjorn 😀
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hello Sanaa and thanks for filling in for De! Great word for a quadrille- I had fun with this.
Hello Linda 😀 I agree, it was quite fun writing to this prompt. Heading over to read you! 💝💝
Hi Sanaa, tea and scones for me please 🙂
If there’s one thing that really bothers me at the moment, it’s the way we treat our planet. I am interested to learn what bothers everyone else…
Cranberry almond sweetheart scones and tea coming your way! 🙂 I agree, we must be more attentive towards our planet. 💝💝
At this time of spring, my whole attention is with the spring blooms. But I agree with you on the destruction of our planet.
It’s good to focus attention on the parts of earth which are still thriving as they are cause for hope.
I absolutely agree! We should, and must do what we can to preserve the parts which are left 💝💝
Good afternoon from spring time Canada. Thank you for the delicious offerings Sanaa! Cranberry scones with tea sounds delicious.
Good afternoon, Grace 😀 Cranberry almond sweetheart scones and tea coming right up! I have been enjoying your pictures of Spring, especially the cherry blossoms! 💝💝
Their time is so short only, so really enjoying their sights every day. Thanks for the luscious spread – yummy.
You’re most welcome! 💝💝
Hello De and Sanaa and All. I had a lot of fun writing to this prompt. Not a bother at all. Sanaa, as it’s gotten way chillier here (snow forecast for tomorrow) will you please pour me a cup of hot rooibos tea with a shot of Baileys?
A cup of hot rooibos tea with a shot of Baileys coming right up! 💝 Heading over to read you, Lisa 😀
Many thanks. Ahhh that hits the spot. Cheers!
You’re most welcome! Cheers 😀
Laura Bloomsbury said:
Good evening Sanaa from a sunny part of the UK – nice of you to fill in for De. I liked her word and it conjured an elderly widow and her money worries. Was it projection for my future?!
p.s. have been celebrating this afternoon for a birthday so I would only want a glass of elderflower cordial before bed
Good evening, Laura 😀 a glass of elderflower cordial coming right up! Heading over to read you 💝💝
Good evening dVerse Poets around the world. Thank you for hosting, De, and may I bother you for a liqueur coffee with cream? Having reached the 19th day of NaPoWriMo, I need something stronger than usual!
Apologies, Sanaa, I forgot that you were sitting in for De! Thank you for minding the bar.
No apologies necessary, my dearest Kim 😀 liqueur coffee with cream coming right up! Yes, it’s day nineteen and the days are beginning to blur for me .. we got this! 💝💝
Gillena Cox said:
First thing came to my mind the song
“Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered…”. didnt write about that though 😀
Happy Monday, Gillena 😀 heading over to read you 💝💝
Ron Rowland said:
At first I thought the word was brother instead of bother, so I ended up using them both. I need something strong tonight — maybe that will correct my vision.
Hello Ron! I am pouring you a glass of martini with some olives 😀 loved your poem! 💝💝
Cool prompt De, thank you. It’s a long, twisted, story, but pictures of Winnie, in a very bizarre, disturbing, sort’a unrelated kind’a way, always make me think of Zappa — so… 🙂 …goes back to 1969, my days with my rock’n roll band.
Glad you enjoyed the prompt, Rob 😀 De’s are always amazing! Would you like some buffalo wings with dry riesling?
I posted a second link to a piece a bit more naughty.
little learner said:
Greetings, everyone! Thanks to Sanaa and De. It’s been a long difficult day. I think a little sherry will go down well, please. ❤️
A glass of sherry coming right up! 🙂 heading over to read you! 💝💝
eating choc cake at mo i am not bothered about sharing it ( come help yourself). love the prompt. back in a little while to read everone elses
Wonderful, wonderful poem 😀 I might join you for some cake 💝💝
Good evening! Read the prompt on my way home from dance class and was looking forward to some tea and scones.
But I will have to take a rain check as my youngest just woke up with a slight fever and hurting all over. Will check all bothers tomorrow instead.
Oh I am so sorry to hear that! Hope your little one feels better soon. Sending love and prayers 💝💝
ben Alexander said:
I LOVE Winnie the Pooh ❤
As do I 😀 heading over to read you, happy Quadrille Monday! 💝💝
ben Alexander said:
Sanaa, I just tried leaving you comment on your poem – could you tell me please if it went through? Something odd happened with my browser when I tried submitting it.
I received your comment the minute you hit publish 🙂 the site takes a minute for it to appear. Thanks David! 💝
ben Alexander said:
I’m glad 🙂
a chai latte with one of those delicious scones sounds just right thanks Sanaa?
lol our online new headlines really bothered me last night so I managed to condense it into 44 words with some pushing and shoving … added my rant behind it but no need to read. Guessing only aussies will ‘get’ it!
Much appreciate this platform and everyone’s huge effort, thanks!
Cranberry almond sweetheart scones and chai latte coming right up 😀 heading over to read you. I agree, sometimes the headlines get under our skin. Completely relate 💝💝
long time since it ‘bothered’ me so much Sanaa but it was the combo that hit my target
It was a fiery and passionate call to action for sure! 🙂
The bar is open, the menu available 🙂 please help yourselves to some buffalo wings, rose wine, or anything else you might like .. we have a variety of drinks and hors d’oeuvres. I will be back in the morning 💝💝
I was taken back to my childhood in the UK and “You want some bother?” But I’ll be no bother in this pub, just a whiskey – and thank you De.
Whiskey coming right up 😀 heading over to read you. Happy Quadrille Monday! 💝💝
Ali Grimshaw said:
Thanks for hosting Sanaa.
This made me think a lot about what is worth bothering myself with. I like the thought process more than I like my poem. But I wanted to join in the fun so I am sharing it anyway.
Have a great week everyone.
Hello Ali! 😀 I am glad to know that the prompt got you thinking and can’t wait to read what you came up with! Heading over now 💝💝
M Jay Dixit said:
Hello De and Sanaa, thanks for hosting! I am late to the party as always but also like always I very much enjoyed writing, awesome prompt. (^_^)
Hello Mrityunjay 😀 hope you are having a wonderful day so far, heading over to read you! 💝
Helen Dehner said:
Feeling very sore / sorry I “bothered” to hang/remove/hang a heavy framed painting yesterday afternoon …. it fell on my shoulder! I’ll have a scotch on ice.
Scotch on ice coming right up! I am so sorry to hear that, Helen 😮 feel better soon.
Helloooooo, All! I am back from a fun, last minute four days away with my hubby (we have older teens, so such things are MUCH needed for survival and revival.) I’ll be hitting the trail soon to read all of your awesome, “bother”some Quadrilles! And hopefully to write one of my own. Being back home is a bit of a bother, but reading all of your amazing work is always a joy. Cheers!
And THANK YOU again, Sanaa, for covering me at the bar yesterday! Today I am pouring spiked lemonade, spiked cider, and tea (iced or hot) with a little bother of honey. And hoping rog as some of that chocolate cake left for all of us. 😉
You’re most most welcome, De 😀 Good to have you back with us! 💝 It’s rather hot and humid here so I ll gladly have some ice tea!
Thank you De and Sanaa for the prompt. My mind went immediately to my Mum’s reserved way of expressing dissatisfaction – ‘Oh Bother’, and hence ‘Missing Mary’ came about. Who would have thought ‘bother’ could inspire such a variety of responses. This is a first quadrille for me (I was paranoid I had miscounted my words – does anyone else go word number blind when writing ?).
calmkate, I am not seeing a place to comment on your poem (tidy up). Just wanted to say I related to it, big. I did a big clean-out in January, and feels like I’m due for another already.
I’ll take a dark ‘n’ stormy to match the mood of my poem for this prompt.
dark ‘n’ stormy coming right up! 💝 Heading over to read you 🙂
Ah thank you! Such wonderful service at the dVerse pub😁
So glad you’re here! Heading over now. 🙂
Sitting here catching up on the posts I didn’t have time to read on Monday night I had to write a second Quadrille. This one in Ovillejo form.
Happy weekend everyone!
NICE! Heading over now! 🙂