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“I see my work behind the camera as the actualization of a poem. I like to linger on images, conveying things through stillness.”- Lisa Joy

Hello Everyone and Welcome to Quadrille Monday!

It’s that time again for dVerse’s own creation- the Quadrille. For those of you new to dVerse, the quadrille is a 44 word poem exactly, excluding the title. The word today is Linger or any form thereof, or even one you create containing the word.

As a writer, I’ve always loved words and today’s word is one of my favorites. When I read the word ‘linger’, it sends me to an alternate reality. A world without time, without space, with no constrictions other than to be still, be in the moment, and just BE.

I don’t know about you but in these days of pandemic solitude, there are times I can get caught up in all that is happening in the world and forget to just BE. Linger is a lovely word for me that reminds me of softer days and luscious nights. 

Here are a few beautiful poems I found with the word ‘linger’.

A Gift

Leonora Speyer

I Woke: —

Night, lingering, poured upon the world

Of drowsy hill and wood and lake

Her moon-song,

And the breeze accompanied with hushed fingers

On the birches.

Gently the dawn held out to me

A golden handful of bird’s-notes.

In-between the sun and moon

Pádraig Ó Tuama

In-between the sun and moon,

I sit and watch

and make some room

for letting light and twilight mingle,

shaping hope

and making single glances last eternity,

a little more,

extending love beyond the doors of welcoming,

while wedding all the parted people,

even sons to violent mothers,

and searching all the others finding light

where twilight lingers,

in-between the sun and moon.


Rainer Maria Rilke – 1875-1926

The leaves fall, fall as from far,

Like distant gardens withered in the heavens;

They fall with slow and lingering descent.

And in the nights the heavy Earth, too, falls

From out the stars into the Solitude.

Thus all doth fall. This hand of mine must fall

And lo! the other one:—it is the law.

But there is One who holds this falling

Infinitely softly in His hands.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with this song by The Cranberries:

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