Helloooo, Poets! MayDay! MayDay! It’s Quadrille Monday again here at dVerse, which happens to be my favorite. To Quadrille with us, you simply need to pen a poem of precisely 44 words, including one word we provide.
This week, I’d like you to become Poet-Cartographers, and put those pithy pieces on the map.
Mapping. Mapped. Map it out. Write all over the map. Be a mapmaker. Whatever form of the word you choose, just be sure your poem is mapped out at just 44 words.
The city is a map of cheerful twitters now,
And everywhere people, eyes mica-silver and blank,
Are riding to work in rows, as if recently brainwashed.
–From “Insomniac” by Sylvia Plath
“True Map” by Brian Andreas (one of my favorite poet/artists, who now goes by Kai Skye)
“Map” by Wislawa Szymborska
New to the Q? Here’s your map of what to do:
Pen us a poem of exactly 44 words, not counting the title, and containing some form of the word map. Post your poem on your own blog, and link up using Mr. Linky below. Then travel around the blogisphere to read some of the best poets around. The Quadrille is open all week, so be sure to come back to read and write some more!
I solemnly swear, it’s time to get up to “no good.”
Now, go poem!
Greetings, poets! Happy mapping today! I’m serving up some good road trip snacks, drinks, and tunes!
Is anybody else breathing a big sigh of WHEW at having finished a poem a day in April? 😉
Greetings De. I have not participated in the daily April writing but kudos to those who have managed it. A hot chocolate for me please. Thanks!
Coming right up, Grace!
At last I have mornings to work on my short story!
Me! Phew!! Love the word. My quad is a nod to Björn’s librarian. 🙂
Yay for you! Me, too!
And Whew! 😉
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I like the word… even though I sometimes feel that we use maps a bit too much, maybe we sometimes need to make our own maps instead.
I agree, Bjorn. We like to do what we call “trompsing.” 😉
In England, it’s called a “bimble.”
Me too! I like a good ramble.
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien
Hi De. Love the Q word. Thanks for hosting!!!
My pleasure, Grace!
Good evening all, and thanks to De for hosting. I love maps, prefer them to Google maps and satnavs. Some of them are just so beautiful, the older the better. A cold fruits of the forest cider and some pistachios would be perfect, please De.
Ooooo. That sounds delicious. Coming right up, Kim. Cheers! Glad you’re here.
Greetings, poets! Happy mapping today!
I’m serving up tons of road trip snacks, drinks, and tunes.
Anybody else breathing a big sigh of WHEW! at having written a poem every day in April?
Great prompt, De. Thank you for hosting.
Thanks, Sarah. Happy you’re here. Cheers!
Hello De and All. I had an idea in mind when I started but then the muse had other plans. Great word that I’m sure will generate some wonderful poems. It’s chilly here, could I have a mug of hot chocolate please?
You got it, Lisa! I’m a little jealous of your chill. Our numbers are climbing already here.
Maybe we can trade some degrees? Thanks much, De. Cheers!
That would be amazing, Lisa. I’ve got 20-30 I’d be happy to send your way.
It is chilly in Bend Oregon .. got any hot pretzels today? Would taste mighty good with a Corona!
A pretzel and a cerveza, coming right up, Helen. I LOVE a good hot pretzel!
Wonderful prompt, De. Thanks for hosting, and hello to all!
Thanks, Merril. Happy you’re here!
took me in an unexpected direction.
a couple of poems first
Hi, Rog. Glad you’re here!
Richmond Road said:
This is actually 44 words, but the last 2 lines are silent. If no-one finds out it’s not really cheating, is it?
A treasure map
A pleasure trap
A search for hidden gold
The pleasure seeker
Young and strong and bold
Destination. Long fixation
Leading to your door
X marks the spot
I’ll need the map no more
Ha! Well, that’s a fun take! Love the rhyming here.
Rob Kistner said:
Hi De, thank you for hosting. I’m in a melancholy mood today, do I drew a map to sad. ✌🏼
Sending you hugs and smiles, Rob.
Hi all… well I made it over here. It’s been waaaaay too long since I’ve been around these here parts and it is a joy to be back and all De’s doing during those last moments of the PAD challenge… Just dipping into the waters here – a little toe -hopefully my foot is not in my mouth .. but if so.. well… wanted to be part of this fabulous band of bards – with a first try.
Pearl! I’m so happy to see you here! Welcome! ❤
Mother Wintermoon said:
Love the prompt, De. I collect vintage globes and maps. Thanks for hosting. 😊
LOVE that! I have a whole wall of maps. I like to chart our courses. 😉
Mother Wintermoon said:
Impressive! I’m building my framed wall map collection. “I like to chart our courses.” Beautiful!
An interesting prompt. Thanks for hosting.
My pleasure, Dwight. Cheers!
M Jay Dixit said:
Hi, De. Thanks for hosting, great prompt!
My pleasure! Happy you’re here. Cheers!
Kathryn LeRoy said:
Nice way to sum up April . . .
Thanks, Kathryn. 🙂
Thank you De, I love the prompt, I like to follow a map.
Me, too! I love maps!
I originally posted a poem that met half the prompt–the maps part. After consideration, it bothered me that I’d cheated on the quatrain part, so I’ve rewritten the poem a bit so it is now composed of three quatrains. I’m going to publish the new poem as well. Luckily, the dictionary says both Road Map and Roadmap are correct.
Nice! And you know we accept all hyphens and word mashups here at the Quadrille, too. 😉
Luckily Road Map and Roadmap are bothh acceptable spellings according to the Dictionary. If I was going to change to meet the rules I couldn’t take liberties!
I’m a little late on this one, but coming right up.
The Q is always open all week! Glad you’re here! Heading over now!
Hey de Jackson, just posted the link to my contribution over at Mr. Linky there. Hope that you all enjoy the read! 🤞🙏😁📖
Hi, Ken! Welcome! Heading over in just a few! Cheers!
Jennifer Wagner said:
Hi De and all~ congrats to those who completed a poem a day!
Hi, Jennifer. Glad you’re here!
Rosemary Nissen-Wade said:
Hello De, and dVerse. It’s been a long time (life gets busy) but I was tempted by the quadrille as this year I am doing daily short poems. I expect I’ll join you for some more from time to time!
Hi, Rosemary! So excited to see you here!
Thank you for this inspiring prompt, Whimsygizmo 🌹
My pleasure, Lesley!
Cheers, De 💕— I solemnly swear, it’s time to get up to “no good.”
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A meek holler just to say I think this is a superb prompt. 🚀 xo
Glad you liked it, Selma. Sorry for the late response. I’ve been out of town.