REMINDER! Two chances to join OLN LIVE this month!
Thursday, May 18, from 3 to 4 PM EST
AND Saturday, May 20, from 10 to 11 AM EST.
You may still link one poem as usual for OLN (Open Link Night) even if you do not attend a live session.
Hello, dVerse poets. It’s Merril welcoming you to our Monday quadrille. Perhaps it’s a prerequisite for poets to be fascinated by mirrors and reflections. I know they have always fascinated me.
Mirrors can be magical, as they are for Tennyson’s Lady of Shalott, who can only view Camelot through the reflections in her mirror
“But in her web she still delights
To weave the mirror’s magic sights,
For often thro’ the silent nights
A funeral, with plumes and lights
And music, came from Camelot:
Or when the moon was overhead
Came two young lovers lately wed;
‘I am half sick of shadows,’ said
The Lady of Shalott.”
–from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Lady of Shalott (1832)
The mirror can be truthful, speaking in its own voice in Sylvia Plath’s poem:
“I am not cruel, only truthful‚
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.”
From Sylvia Plath, “Mirror”
Here are some other mirror poems.
So, I challenge you to take this familiar object and theme—go beyond cliché and write something unique (in 44 words). Mirror, mirrored, mirroring—use some form of the word mirror in your poem.
New to the Q?
Write a poem of exactly 44 words, not counting the title. Your poem must use some form of the word mirror. Post your poem on your own blog, and link up using Mr. Linky below. Use the links in Mr. Linky to read and comment on the poems of others. I’m sorry I’ve been a bit absent, but I will read all your responses to this prompt!
Welcome, dVerse poets! It’s a beautiful spring day here in southern NJ. Order a beverage and snack from our virtual pub, or order a full meal, if you’d like, to enjoy while you ponder and peruse.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello… I am back after a little bit of a break… this week is a short one as I am off from work on Thursday and Friday
Welcome back, Björn!
Welcome back, Björn! Enjoy your short work week, too!
Good evening all. Thanks you for hosting Merril. I was going to try a quadrille in mirror writing, but it was a difficult weekend; I spent most of it in bed asleep, but I think I’m back on track again. I’m looking forward to reading some interesting mirror poems!
I’m glad you’re feeling better, Kim!
Hello everyone! A wonderful prompt word, Merril. I have had a long day, so won’t be around for too long tonight. Will catch up tomorrow.
Hi Punam. Whenever you’re around is great. I’m sure it’s very late at night for you now.
It is, Merril. See you all tomorrow. 🙂
Hot chocolate for me please 😉 it’s a cold and windy night here. Looking forward to enjoying all the quadrilles!
Happy Monday ❤️❤️❤️
Here is a a tall hot chocolate. I can add whipped cream, too, if you’d like. Enjoy! Happy Monday to you, too! ❤️
Whipped cream sounds nice! Thank you! ❤️❤️
Added with a few chocolate shavings. 😉
hot chocolate will be nice after bath and ooh i do have some catch up reading to do.
still need to read some of last weeks offerings.
Hi, Rog! Here’s your hot chocolate. It’s hard to keep up. I have reading from last week, too. 😊
Gillena Cox said:
Have a good week
Happy Monday to you, too, Gillena! ❤️
Cindy Georgakas said:
loving the entries so far Merril❣️
Thank you, Cindy! ❤️ Feel free to join in. The prompt is open all week.
Cindy Georgakas said:
You’re so welcome Merril. why thank you.. I’ll see if i can muster a min.. 🙏🏼
I hope you can! 🙂
I was blown away with the announcement that Martha Stewart is gracing the cover of the 2023 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition!!! I would love a flute of champagne this afternoon. Cheers.
Here’s a flute of champagne, and I leave the bottle with you, Helen. 😉
Going to need to share the wealth!
I’ll have a glass with you. 🙂
Rob Kistner said:
Thank you so much for hosting Merril. Your prompt got me to reflecting my friend. 🙂✌🏼🏼
You’re welcome, Rob. I remember at one OLN you said how much mirrors fascinate you. Me, as well.
Rob Kistner said:
I tossed another piece I ‘ve written into the shards — reflecting peace, love, and understanding. Really great prompt Merrill!
Thank you, Rob. I’m happy you like it! 😊
A unique prompt, Merril. Thanks for hosting this evening!
Thank you, Dwight. I’m pleased you think so!
You are welcome.
Kathy at writingpresence said:
Wonderful tempting prompt drew me in mercurially. Thank you Merrill! It’s way past my bedtime now so I’ll have a slow cocoa in the bath and my calcium/vit D tablets… and I’ll come back tomorrow to read and enjoy.
Thank you for joining us. Enjoy your cocoa and bath!
Nicole Horlings said:
This is my first time participating. Carol Anne’s poem introduced me to this prompt, and I just had to join in.
Oh, lovely! Welcome!
Thank you for hosting! It’s late but, I will be back tomorrow to read all the wonderful poetry.
Thank you for joining us! 🙂
Hello everyone. It is good to be here. Merril, my dad used to drink manhattans, so could i have one of those please?
im glad for the OLN live, but will be unable to attend as i’ll still be working then. Those times i have made it, it’s so great to hear your voices.
who exactly is the leader here? or is it a group effort? please contact me directly i have a question or two. eric.erb at gmail.com thanks!
Hi, Eric. It’s a group, but I will pass along your message.
We’ve tried to make the live sessions more accessible by making it Saturday mornings (Eastern Time) as well, but I know it still doesn’t work for everyone.
I hope you helped yourself to the manhattan! 🙂
I wonder if others write these like I do. I write the poem, count the words, then cull words out line-by-line until I have exactly 44. I believe I had to cull out 10 this time…and interesting exercise. Thanks for the prompt, Merril
Thank you. We could have a discussion about it. I have done it that way, but not always. I’ve also reworked previously written poems. On Twitter today, Black Bough’s TopTweetTuesday challenge is an imagist poem of exactly 24 words with three images.
Kathy at writingpresence said:
Hi, I do similarly for quadrilles. I was only one word surplus, this time! Sometimes in that situation I invoke a hyphen…
Or a contraction.
I like hyphenated words anyway. 😉
Smitha V said:
Hello everyone, This is my first time at DVerse. All thanks to Colleen, who led me here. I wrote a poem on the prompt ‘Mirror’ first. Then realized, I had to write a Quadrille. I’ve included both in my post. I hope that’s fine. Thanks, Merril, for the prompt.
Thank you for joining us! Welcome!😊
M Jay Dixit said:
Hi, Merril, thanks for hosting. lovely prompt! Lots of possibilities.
Hi, Jay! I’m so pleased you think so. Thank you for joining in.
Hi Merril, thanks for the cool prompt! 🙏😁😎 Just posted the link to my contribution over at Mr. Linky there. Hope ye all enjoy the read! 🙏🤞😁📖
Good morning Merril! Thanks for the prompt.
Good morning, Chris. You’re welcome!
So much to think about Merril, a creative prompt.
Thank you, Paul. I’m pleased you think so.
Great prompt 🙌
Thank you! 😊
Late to the party, but couldn’t resist this, Merril! Thanks for the inspiration today.
You’re so welcome, De. Making a late entrance is perfectly fine (as you know). 🙂
Rosemary Nissen-Wade said:
Hello, Merril. How nice to see you here! Once upon a time I used to be a frequent visitor to dVerse, but life got busier…. Lately, being engaged in writing daily small poems all year, and re-exploring various short forms, I have been tempted back here by the quadrille.
Hello, Rosemary. Welcome, back! I’s so pleased you were tempted by quadrille. 😊
Thank you so much for this reflective prompt! 🌹
Here’s my response:
Hi Lesley! Thank you for joining our reflective quadrille!
It was a great pleasure for me. Thank you for having me, and for the inspiration, Merril. I wrote three poems to your prompt! One was too long, and the other one… well, let’s not speak about the other one. 😂
Hahahaha. You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed. You can always share the longer one for Open Link Night. 🙂
Ooooh? How does one do that?
Follow the dVerse prompt page. We have Open Link nights are usually twice a month on Thursday. This Thursday May 18, is also a live event (from 3 to 4 PM, Eastern Daylight Time). You are welcome to participate live, but you don’t have to. You can simply post your link to the Linky as usual, once that post goes live. We will also have a live event on Saturday morning, 10:00 AM Eastern Time. Björn is hosting Open Link this month, the page will be up the usual time on Thursday with directions. I hope that’s clear! 🙂
Yes, thank you Merril 😁
That’s great . Shall look into it when I have a mo 💖
The dVerse post will be up at the usual time today (Thursday) with all the info. 😊
Thanks so much, Merril. I think i’m too late for this week, but now I know about it I shall look forward to joining in 🌹
You can still link a poem, if you want. The link is open for a few days, and we will be live again on Saturday morning.
I’ve just posted one. I thought I’d linked it… hmmm 🤔
It’s up to you! 🙂
mr Linky. Did I do it right? Sorry to be such a dimbo
You did! 🙂 And you’re not.