Happy New Year, my bold and beautiful poetry friends! De Jackson here, aka WhimsyGizmo, here again to host my favorite of all the dVerse prompts. It’s 2023’s first Quadrille Monday – when we write poems of exactly 44 words, including one word we here at dVerse provide.
In my own personal world, I choose a word each year to define the days ahead. This year, two words have wooed me: Happy, and BOLD. Today, I want you to boldly go, and embrace the bold poet within you. As you write your Quadrille, use some form of the word bold.
Boldly go. Write in bold strokes. Now go back and make it even bolder! May I be so bold as to suggest that you can even use it as a verb? (Embolden.) You might even be boldacious enough to derive (or invent) a word of your own!
New to the Q? Here’s what to do:
Pen us a poem of precisely 44 words and boldly post it on your own blog, then link up with the Mr. Linky below. Be sure to make some rounds to read the work others have submitted. The Quadrille is up all week, so boldly come back for seconds!
My search uncovered this, which I now want to read, and have ordered gently used from AbeBooks!
Perhaps a little bold poetic inspiration from Wordsworth:
And here’s a whole list of songs that go bold:
By the way, have you marked your calendar? dVerse will host OLN LIVE twice this month! Thursday, Jan 19 from 3 to 4 PM EST – AND Saturday, Jan 21 from10 to 11 AM! Hope you’ll join us at one or both!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello, may I please have a glass of bold red wine for a gloomy day in Sweden.
You got it, Bjorn. Cheers.
Good evening poets from chilly North Norfolk. Thank you for hosting and for giving us a bold prompt, De! Today is a sad day for me so I won’t hang around for long; I’ll be back in the morning to read and comment. Have a good evening.
I’m so sorry, Kim. I’m feeling low today, also. Not in any way bold. Much love and comfort to you.
Thank you, De. Much love to you too.
Laura Bloomsbury said:
Hi De – I could only come up with something light-hearted though the very word itself suggests import!
I’m needing that lightheartedness today, Laura. On my way soon. Thank you!
Laura, I am having a heck of a time commenting at your blog, via either search engine I use. I LOVE the sass in your piece!
Jane Dougherty said:
I can’t leave comments on Laura’s blog either, or Rog’s, Merril’s, David’s….
I wish I could help, Jane. I’ve tried everything I know to do, including trying other browsers.
Jane Dougherty said:
It’s insidious. It started a few months ago, but it’s spreading to blogs I’ve been following and commenting on for years. Have you tried accessing blogs through the reader? That worked for me for a while.
I don’t even know what this means. 😉
Jane Dougherty said:
It’s a roundabout way, but if you go into your reader and do a search for a blog you follow, you might be able to comment on posts if you stay in the reader and don’t actually go to the blog.
Greetings, Poets! I am having some tech difficulties today, on top of some physical pain, but will be in and out of the pub as much as I can manage.
Please don’t miss this line from the post, per Lill:
Have you marked your calendar? dVerse will host OLN LIVE twice this month! Thursday, Jan 19 from 3 to 4 PM EST – AND Saturday, Jan 21 from10 to 11 AM! Hope you’ll join us at one or both!
And let me know in the comments if you’ve chosen a word for the year, and what it is.
Hello Bjorn and De and All. Sorry to hear it is gloomy in Sweden. For once in a great while the sun shines here today. I got outside and walked around and then drove to do an errand. My cells start dancing when the sun shines.
So happy you’ve got some sunshine, Lisa! Cheers!
Thanks so much, De!
Hi De, and thank you for hosting. Hello, All!
It’s a great word, but I had a hard time getting Star Trek out of my head. 🤣
Happy you’re here, Merril! Now, boldly go where no poet has gone before. 😉
Unfortunately, yours is one of the blogs I cannot comment on today for the life of me. Can’t log in to comment, no matter which search engine I attempt it with. I LOVE your use of rhyme! Awesome piece!
Thank you so much, De!
Jane can’t comment on mine either. I don’t know what the problem is.
The sign-in box never pops up for me. Others have commented, so it must just be a compatibility issue. I can’t comment on Laura’s today either. Same issue.
UGH. So annoying. 😟
happy new year all,
will be back to read when i get the chance.
Happy you’re here, Rog!
I’ve got to step away from the bar for a bit, gang. Back later today to get caught up with reading. Apologies to those I cannot comment directly on today. Not sure what’s going on.
I’ll leave the keys, and plenty of Pacific Bold coffee, and other libations. Poem on.
Gillena Cox said:
Best Wishes for a creative & prosperous 2023
Hi, Gillena! Happy New Year! Happy you’re here!
Sounds like fun! Thanks for hosting, Dee!
My pleasure, Dwight. Happy you’re here!
Late to theparty, De. Here in San Diego we are three hourse behind Boston time and we were out and about!
Loved the word. Will do some reading now. Thanks for hosting!
My pleasure, Lill. And as you know, the Q is up all week, so latecomers are welcome!
Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing said:
I love some of the clips you found. Yes! Bold is my word for this year ☺️❤️
LOVE it, Christine! 🙂
Here’s mine 🙂 https://cognacproject.wordpress.com/2023/01/10/its-not-me-its-you/
A sad tale, indeed.
M Jay Dixit said:
Hi, De! Thanks for hosting. I’ve written a simple piece this time. I hope you’ll like it.
Happy you’re here! Heading over now.
Ali Grimshaw said:
Thanks for the prompt to jump back into the poetry game. I made it before the final buzzer.
Bold is a fantastic word for the year. I wonder where and how it will bloom for you as the months pass.
I look forward to reading where it led others.
Thank you so much, Ali. Heading over your way to read soon.
Thank you De, for an amazing start of the year Quadrille prompt. 🙂
My pleasure! Happy you’re here!
Aishwarya Kannan said:
Wonderful prompt! Just the word I needed for this year!
Here is my first attempt at a Quadrille :
Hey de Jackson. Just posted my contribution over there at Mr. Linky. Hope ye enjoy the read! 🤞🙏😁📖
Awesome, Ken. So happy you’re here!
Thanks whimsy! 🙏😁😊
Thank you De, happy new year, and I’d like a bold whiskey to embolden my heart please.
You’ve got it, Sir! Cheers!
Hey, gang. Thank you so much for your patience as I am dealing with a weird and extremely painful pinched nerve up under my right shoulder blade. I went down for the count yesterday on pain meds. Feeling slightly better today and will get caught up soon.
Hello – I didn’t think I would make it before closing time but I just added to Mr. Linky. De – hope you’re feeling better! I’ve loved the boldness of the responses you’ve gathered here!
So sorry for my late visit and reply. I’ve been down for the count much of the week with some intense pinched nerve pain in my shoulder. Heading over now, and so happy you made it to the pub this week!
Sadje, yours was another blog I simply cannot comment on this week, technical difficulties. I liked your bold piece; good advice indeed.