Happy Ten year Anniversary!!!  And welcome back from the summer hiatus today we celebrate by having a special guest host, one of the co-founders of this community Brian Miller

“Ah, good day! It’s good to see you.”

“Yes, I’ve been here before. It’s only been a bit of time”

Fingers play across the pits & nicks in the bar//smoothed even by other hands & varnish//and…

“Only a bit of time.”

“So, they asked I tend the pub tonight. I take it most everything is where it was. Rags to wipe up. Glasses. I got this.”

Eyes drape the pictures pinned to a moment on the walls//seeking a warm waft of familiar voices & visions

“Hello, old friends. Hope to see you around tonight & if not that the wind still lifts your spirit.”

“Ach, enough maudlin. Let’s drop some jingle in the juke box and spin some wax to chase away the silence.”

Tonight we will be writing Quadrille, at its most base, it’s a poem of 44 words — using some form of a provided key word. I am fairly certain they gave me this one intentionally because in my day, I have been known to write rather long winded. 

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Tonight’s word is JUKE.

It’s not a word used terribly often these days. It rose in popularity in the States around the 1950’s with the establishment of JUKE JOINTS and development of JUKE BOXES. These days you hear it more in the sports world, when a player JUKES another, to fake them out, on the way to scoring a goal. Its origins though can be traced back to the 16th century in Scotland.

So, let’s look at a few definitions…

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Juke (/jo͞ok/) verb. – 1.) dance, particularly to a juke box  2.) to make a move to deceive (an opponent)  3. to fake out of position 4.) to bend in a supple way 5.) to bend the neck; to bow or duck the head.

Juke noun. – 1. a small roadside establishment that plays music and provides refreshments (Also known as a juke joint) 2. a feint

It’s got a few slang meanings as well…

Juke verb. – 1. to steal something  2. to stab someone

Juke adjective. 1. (Creole) wicked; or disorderly

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Feel free to play with the word: Juked, Juking

There’s even a few puns in there. I am not Juking. But that one is so bad that I made someone feint.

“Someone get the smelling salts.”

Oy, anyway did not want to make it too easy for you.

Happy Anniversary everyone! Let’s get the hips a swaying to the rhythm //of words. Let your voices rise & SinG!

Keep in mind your quadrille can be any style or topic. 44 words 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 to the bottom of your post, so that others can find us.
  • Read and comment on the work of others.