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Enter if you dare…

It’s monstrous Quadrille Monday here at your favorite poetry haunt, and that means it’s time to scare up a precariously pithy poem. Devious De Jackson here, aka WhimsyGizmo, devilishly delighted to be hosting my favorite prompt. With the Quadrille, we pen poems of precisely 44 words – including one word we here at dVerse provide. 

In the interest of today’s Halloween scene in some areas of the world, I want you to try your haunted hands at writing a poem that includes some form of the word scare: Scarecrow. Scary. Scared. Scaring. Scarier. Scaremonger. Scare tactics. Scare quotes. Scared stiff. Scared silly. Scare the living daylights out…

Use it as a noun, adjective, or verb. Get spooky with your poem or give us your sweetest poetic tricks and treats. Go with a hair-raising rhyme scheme, or some frightening free verse. Short form can feel like a curse, but it makes you take some risks, and make some word choices you might normally miss. 

New to the Q? Don’t be a scaredy cat! Here’s what to do: 
Scare up a poem of exactly 44 words, including some form of the word scare. Post your poem on your own blog and link up with us using the Mr. Linky below. Then ghost-and-coast your way around the web, visiting the posts of some of the most frighteningly talented poets around. The Quadrille is open through Friday, so be sure to come back to haunt us again later in the week! 

**maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh**

Here, I’ve scared up some musical inspiration for you…
Kenny Chesney: 


John Cougar Mellencamp: