Hello everyone. Michelle Beauchamp (aka Mish) welcoming you back to our very own poetry form, the “Quadrille”. Looking back into the archives of prompts, I found that our first frolic with 44 words began in January 2016. Wow! It has definitely been a favourite, as we juggle, trim and squeeze words in a neat little poetry package!
What word shall I gift you with?
Well…today marks the point when the sun sits directly over the earth’s equator. The birds on my feeders are singing songs of hope and renewal. Patches of snow are slowly shrinking across my yard as the green of Spring reveals itself. A warm breeze has replaced the usual chill and there is an undeniable feeling of transition, a “shift” in the air.
Shift is the word to fit into your quadrille this week. There are many derivatives to dabble with.
shifted, shifting, reshift, intershifting, shifty, shifter, shiftiness
redshift, blueshift, makeshift, gearshift, frameshift, downshift, upshift, dayshift
As you probably know, there is no required theme for the Quadrille, so your use of the word does not have to focus on seasonal change or any change at all. However if you’d like to, you could consider other types of shifts…. in our mindset, shifts in our relationships, emotional shifts, intentional shifts, unexplainable shifts, societal shifts.
A reminder that your poem can be of any style, but it should be exactly 44 words, not including the title. It must contain the word “shift” or a form of the word.
Here’s how to join in:
- Write a quadrille as described and post it on your blog or website.
- Enter your name and direct link to your poem in Mr. Linky.
- Follow the links to other poets. Read, comment and come back later as the prompt is open all week.
- Provide a link to dVerse so others can find us too.
- Drop in to say hello in our discussion below.
- Have fun!!
Welcome friends! No shift in temperature here, so I decided to bake. Today we have warm blueberry coffee cake and chocolate chip banana bread….and of course the pub is well stocked with your favourite beverages.
Hi Mish! Thank you for hosting. Mmm blueberry coffee cake looks delicious. I look forward to reading the poems.
Hi Grace! Hope the snow has disappeared in your area. Blueberry coffee cake coming up. 🙂
Hi Mish! Blueberry coffee cake sounds yumm! Could I have a slice to nibble on in the night shift!
Absolutely. Enjoy, Puman!
Gillena Cox said:
Nice word. Happy your Spring is shifting in
Greetings from Trinidad and Tobago🇹🇹
Greetings, Gillena! Thanks for joining in. 🙂
Hey Mish, I take nothing else in my coffee, just pure coffee. I.e. Black Coffee. No nuts in my coffee cake, please. Thanks, I headed your way right now.
Pure black coffee for you, Jim….and yes, no nuts in the coffee cake. You lucked out!
I wonder if there’s a flight that can get me there? 😋
No flights necessary, Leslie. Pull up to the bar and enjoy! Thanks for dropping in. 🙂
Yummy chocolate chip banana bread for this lady!! And a small pot of Earl Grey TAZO? Many thanks, Mish.
Hi Helen. A chunky piece of banana bread coming your way. I’ll share some Earl Grey with you. Love the stuff.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I brought my own chocolate cake… but I would love some poetry with it.
Wow, Bjorn. How nice…and poetry is like icing on the cake. Enjoy!
Evening to all in the pub! That is a wonderful prompt
Thank you and welcome, Paul. Enjoy the poetry trail. 🙂
Nice word choice! I don’t think I’ve had banana bread since lockdown! It has to have chocolate chips.
Hello Sarah! I saved you the biggest piece.
Such a great word. Thank you, Mish! I need to try the blueberry cake and the chocolate chip banana bread–the joy of a virtual pub. 🙂
It’s bright and sunny here, but the wind is still cold.
Coming up, Merril. Our weather is similar. Grateful for the sun, but so deceiving. 🙂
the banana bread sounds yummy it will go with my Camilla tea.
a touch grey and damp here. hence my melancholy mood. looking forward to some proper spring sunshine.
will visit again in the morning
G’nite Rog. Enjoy the banana bread. I hope your tomorrow is sun-shiney. 🙂
Thanks for hosting this evening. I liked your prompt and took it in a little different direction, due to some afternoon inspriation.
Looking forward to reading, Dwight. Thanks for joining in. 🙂
You are welcome. Your baked items sound good. I will have a bite with some hot chocolate!
A slice of both coming your way!
Ooooh banana bread please! The chocolate chips are an added bonus. Bright and sunny here but with a cold cold wind. Winter is hanging on!
Hi Lill. 🙂 Yes, winter is definitely hanging on. One piece of chocolate chip banana bread coming up. Enjoy!
D. Avery @shiftnshake said:
What a wonderful word. Thank you for the prompt. I took full advantage of it.
Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
D. Avery @shiftnshake said:
Shamelessly so. Perhaps I’ll come up with a better response later.
Rob Kistner said:
Thank you Mish for hosting! i went otherworldly with this prompt.
My pleasure. Looking forward to reading your otherworldly response!
Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing said:
Hi Mish, I would love a cosmo. Its after 5 o’ clock! ☺️ Cheers
Yes it is here too. Cheers! Thanks for joining in with the prompt. 🙂
The Inkwell (Pankaj Kumar) said:
Here is my submission.
Hello! Happy that you linked it up to Mr. Linky. Thanks for joining in. 🙂
D. Avery @shiftnshake said:
Hello Mish. I’m back for another round, that is I put in a second response. Thanks again for the prompt.
My pleasure. I’m glad it provided the inspiration! 🙂
Hi Mish et all at d’Verse. Just posted the link to my contribution over at Mr. Linky there. Hope ye all enjoy the read! 🤞🙏😁📖
Hi Ken…I’m sure we will. Thanks!
Thank you for this Mish, the cusp of seasons and so much more.
Aww yes….so true. Always a pleasure to have you join in, Paul.
Thank you for hosting, Mish. I enjoyed your word selection. 🙂
My pleasure. I really enjoyed your quadrille!
Thank you very much, Mish. 🙂