Hello, dVerse Poets! It’s Merril, writing from southern New Jersey, where we’ve been experiencing colder winter weather than we’ve had in a few years. It’s fitting then, that today’s quadrille prompt word is shiver.
Some may shiver in anticipation at the snow, others will shiver from the cold. You might shiver from delight, or love, or fear.
In this beautiful poem, Pablo Neruda imagines the stars shivering:
“Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
Write, for example, ‘The night is starry
and the stars are blue and shiver in the distance.”
–from Pablo Neruda, “I Can Write,”
Maya Angelou used shiver in her description of a woman
“Her jowls shiver in accusation”
–Maya Angelou, “Momma Welfare Roll”
And in Tennyson’s famous “The Lady of Shallott” (I just discovered there were different versions!),
“Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver
Thro’ the wave that runs for ever
By the island in the river
Flowing down to Camelot.”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Lady of Shallott” (1842)
Use shiver–or some form of the word—in a poem of exactly 44 words. The form is up to you. Shiver in rhyme, or shiver in free verse. Shiver in the past, present, or future.
If you’re new to dVerse or the quadrille, it’s simply a poem of 44 words, excluding the title. It can be in any form, rhymed or unrhymed, metered, or unmetered. You MUST use the word “shiver” or some form of the word in your poem. Are you shivering in anticipation? Go and write!
But–please do follow the rules and remember to link back to this post.
When you’re ready, post your poem, and add your link to Mr Linky below so that everyone can find it. Read the poems of others. You may be surprised by all the wonderful poets here at dVerse, and everyone appreciates it when others read their work and leave a comment.
Welcome to Quadrille Monday! The wonderful thing about a virtual poets’ pub is that I can offer you anything you want to eat or drink while you write and read!
Hi Merril, lovely prompt, and nice examples….I’m not at the point of needing the usual fiery warmed up vodka with chili peppers thrown in yet…though am shivering from the cold still…..but I might need something for inspiration…a wee nip…..
Hi Ain–we’re well stocked, so nip at whatever you want!
Hi Merril, thank you for hosting. I am shivering looking outside my window – its snowing again. Well a warm chai tea would be perfect.
One chai, coming up, and I think I’ll join you. It’s actually a bit warmer here today, but there was a cold wind at the river this morning.
Laura Bloomsbury said:
Hello Merril – a wonderful photo to match this seasonal prompt. Am keeping warm on this very cold night with imaginings of reading everyone’s poems by a blazing fire –
Thank you, Laura. I thought that image was perfect, too–it didn’t look as much like a stock photo either. Sitting by a blazing fire sounds lovely.
Laura Bloomsbury said:
only in my imagination though but where better to sit and read some poetry
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hello Merril- Thanks for hosting. Fabulous word choice!
Thank you, Linda. It actually turned out to be a harder one than I thought it would be. 😀
Hello Merril and All. A perfect prompt for the recent weather. Would you please pour me a hot cocoa with Baileys. Sounds really good to sip while watching gentle snowfall and fluffy birds and visiting the poetry trail.
Hot cocoa with Baileys coming up! Enjoy!
Thank you, Merril. Cheers!
Hi Merril – phew! I’ve had a very busy day moving house, so I’ve just stopped in for a short read. A ginger and turmeric tea would be nice if you have it 🙂
Hi Ingrid. Of course we have it! 😀
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Love the word, and I hope I found a creative use for the word. I would love to have something warm tonight
Something warm coming up! I’m sure you’ve found something creative. 😏
Barbara S said:
thanks Merril for hosting and I love me a Nerruda, thanks for the inspiration …
You’re very welcome!
Hello Merril and all…it is a very shivery day here. We woke up to a hefty blanket of snow which definitely helped in sparking a poem. I love the variety of examples you’ve given for the use of “shiver”. Thanks for hosting, Merril. 🙂
Thank you so much, Mish. I’m so pleased you like the prompt!
great prompt . i was caught off gaurd by where it took me. hope i do not upset any one
I thought it was powerful, Rog.
Thank you for hosting, Merril. No shivering here in sunny San Diego. Just came in from the deck…finish an engrossing novel while wearing my sleeveless sun dress and sun visor! 🙂 Will be to reading in the AM and maybe a little later tonight.
Stop rubbing it in, Lillian! 😀
I took my cold morning walk along the river this morning, wind in my face and ice down below. . .
Hi Merril, thanks for the prompt for today and it’s apropos for our chilly day in southeast Florida. It was 36F last night, the coldest temp we’ve had so far this winter…brrr!
You’re welcome. That’s almost as cold as it was in NJ today!
Morning Merril, you ignited my passion!
I’m so pleased, Kate! 😀
Gillena Cox said:
😊I’ll have a beer Merril. Its a hot day today and still bright here🇹🇹
Happy Monday everyone
One beer coming up. Enjoy your Monday, Gillena. ❤️
Great prompt Merril. Most of us are shivering these days! Need Hot Chocolate today!
shivers, that was great, a great prompt Merril, thank you.
Thank you, Paul. It seems to have resonated with a lot of people!
Ronald E. Shields said:
I could not resist the prompt…thank you!
That’s wonderful! I’m so pleased.
I love it when the prompt matches the poem I intended to write today anyway! Perfect!
Wonder prompt, Merril, thank you! Drive-by poeming for now; back tomorrow to read!
Wonderful prompt, Merril. Driveby poeming for now. Back tomorrow to read!
Sounds good, De!
Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing said:
Stay warm Merril ☺️
Ali Grimshaw said:
Thanks for the prompt. It was a great distraction from the frustrations of the day. Poetry to the rescue again!
I’m so pleased!
Liesl Garner said:
Thank you! I look forward to reading through the links.
Hi Merril. What an apt prompt!
This January has been the wettest in the past 120 years in Delhi and for the past fifteen days we have been having very cold days and barely any sun.
It is morning, so I would love an espresso.
Oh, I didn’t know that about Delhi! How interesting. Sorry for the late response. I hope you got your espresso. ☕️
Yes, indeed a shivery winter for us! 😊
No worries, I helped myself.
Well this was a struggle on a 30C day! I’ll have a G&T please before I head for a swim in the neighbours dam.
I hope you got your G&T and enjoyed your swim!
yep, I did. Although one of the kids screamed “leech” so I cut my swim a bit short. 😀
Yikes! That makes me think of the old movie, The African Queen.
So much inspiration in responses to this prompt – sent shivers down my spine! Or maybe it’s because is 20 degrees right now? Either way – a coffee with a splash of Kahlúa please, or maybe a Kahlúa with a splash of coffee? Great prompt, Merrill!
I’m pleased you like the prompt, and I hope you found the coffee and Kahlua!
Ahhh at last,my poem is done,and I have posted it. The weather is quite pleasant here, neither scorching heat nor unbearable cold, a quiet,sunny day….I’d love a nice glass of pineapple juice! I’m gonna go read others’ poems now…
Lovely! Sorry for my late response. I hope you helped yourself to the juice. 😀
Ah yes, I gulped down three jugs before rolling out of the bar 🙂
Zelda Winter said:
Merril, thanks so much for this prompt–I really enjoyed writing for it 🙂 Blessings to you!
I’m so pleased you did!
Zelda Winter said:
Rob Kistner said:
I couldn’t resist writing one about the beast of thr wolf moon!
M Jay Dixit said:
Hi Merril, thanks for hosting! I enjoyed writing for the prompt, I’ve submitted my poem and now I’ll read what others have written.
Thanks so much, Jay. I’m pleased you enjoyed the prompt. I’ll be by soon to read yours, but there are a lot of responses to get to!
M Jay Dixit said:
Take your time, Merril. Yeah your prompt has got great response!
I am pleasantly surprised by the response!
Perfect word for the season. But so many responses! It will take me awhile to get through them. (K)
Thank you. Yes. I stopped reading before dinner last night, and there are about 40 more responses that have been added. It’s going to take me a while, too!
One reason I don’t do dVerse prompts that often any more. I don’t have time to look at the other responses.
Yes, that’s one reason why I don’t do all of them, too.
I’m a little late but thanks for this prompt. Merril! My first quadrille.
Not late at all, Charlotte. The prompt is open all week. I’m still catching up with all the links that were added last night and today after I stopped reading for the night!
I love the doggo with his scarf!
I liked it, too. 😀
Thank you Merril for hosting. 🙂
You’re very welcome!
I’m happy everyone seems to be enjoying this prompt! I’m caught up with reading–so far, but I’ll pop back to check, since the link is still open. The pub door is open, so come on in and help yourself.
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