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Welcome dear poets!

It’s that time again. For those of you new to the Quadrille, this is a poetry form originating here, from our very own virtual pub! We are writing poems of exactly 44 words, excluding the title BUT it must include a given word. Today, I give you the word …..


as a verb:

to cause (something) to become messily smeared by rubbing it.


a blurred or smeared mark on the surface of something

Another translation or use of the word involves the traditional ceremony of “smudging” commonly practiced by Native Americans and other Indigenous cultures. Medicinal or sacred plants such as sage, sweet grass, lavender and cedar are ignited in a fireproof bowl and gently blown out. The smoke is then wafted towards the body to purify the body, heart and mind of negative energies, thoughts or feelings. The ceremony can also be done to cleanse rooms or home. I have participated in smudging with Indigenous co-workers and I found it to be a profound and enriching experience. I have included a brief YouTube video below if you are interested in learning more about this ritual.

Some other words to play with: smudgily, smudgy, smudge-less, smudge mark, smudge-proof

Keep in mind your quadrille can be any style or topic.

And so I leave it to you to smear a few words together….44 to be exact, not including the title.

Here’s how to join in:

  • Write a poem of exactly 44 words (excluding the title) and post to your blog.
  • Click on Mr. Linky and add the direct URL and your name.
  • Add a link to dVerse so that others can find us.
  • Read and comment on the work of others.
  • Pop into the pub to comment or say hello! We are friendly folk.