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Greetings, intrepid poets! De Jackson here, aka WhimsyGizmo. It’s Quadrille Monday (my favorite!), when we pen poems of exactly 44 words, including one word we here at dVerse provide. 


Today, let’s talk chalk.

Have you heard the phrase “chalk and cheese?” It’s new to me, and apparently it’s used to describe two people or things that are very different from one another. 

Chalkboardchalkdustchalking it up to (something), chalk-whitechalky, chalk-stained, chalk outline. Use it as a noun, adjective, or verb. Feeling original? Chalk it up to creativity and invent something. What would a character named Luke SkyChalker do? What happens during a chalk aftershock? What grows if you plant chalkseeds? (I think maybe poems. Or am I full of poppychalk?)

I’ve never read this author, but isn’t this passage fun? 

From Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends.” 

Convinced you’ll only write a chalk poem “when pigs fly?” 
Check out the crazy-awesome work of my favorite chalk artist, David Zinn, for further chalky inspiration. 


New to the Q? Here’s what to do: 
Just chalk us a poem of precisely 44 words (not counting the title), including some form of the word chalkLink it up by clicking Mr. Linky below. The prompt is open for the whole week, so remember to come back and read (and write!) some more! 

Now get out there and talk the talk, walk the walk, and chalk the chalk


Music inspiration by Three Days Grace, “Chalk Outline.”