‘AB’, or: Negative

‘The Dude abides’, a d’Verse Quadrille

Above an abyssal abime 
abide abeles; and abelmosks 
abound, abloom, ablush, abutted by 
abandoned aboriginal abbey, absent 
absconded abbots. 

An ablegate abroad abreacts absorbedly; 
aborted aborning abracadabras are 
abomas abiding about 
his abdomen. 

Aboulia abidingly absterged; 
abhorrent abuses absolved, ablins, 
in ablutions of absinthe. 

The above poem is my take on d’Verse’s Quadrille challenge #117.

The quadrille is simply a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), and it can take any form. This week’s challenge was to use the word β€œabide” in a quadrille.

57 thoughts on “‘AB’, or: Negative”

  1. You are such a wonderful teacher. How on earth would I learn about a quadrille 117….thanks for sharing dVerse’s blog, I totally enjoyed reading. I’m a kinda abide person, the solitude and all that goes with it but I really appreciated the fun evaluation of your holiday and the days thereafter. Such fun writing makes me happy. Who would’ve thought that digital communication would become so vital since the breakout in Wuhan. Before we use to say, get off your phones, get back to reality, and now digital communication has become a major reality. Ok I’m going off the rails here. Abide with me is also an all time favourite In fact all these old hymns written in contemplative poetry, I regard as masterpieces.

    I love, love what you have done with AB, you are an amazing teacher.

    1. Dwight was the one who introduced me to dVerse, and I only discovered quadrilles in last few months here on WordPress… so I’m barely ahead of you, Abi πŸ™‚

      Thank you for reading and being so kind, as always!

  2. My comment disappeared!😱
    Ok..here’s the gist of what Id posted

    ABsolutely fAB! Ben …your wordsmithery is quite simply amazing πŸ™Œ

    I needed a dictionary for this one πŸ˜€ and loved the journey. Thank you for writing

  3. Amazing… Flowed really well, loved what you have done here Ben πŸ™‚β€οΈ

  4. Thanks for writing such a wonderful tongue twisting poem, David! Again a new form of poem! I learnt a lot of new words as well. Keep going.

  5. I don’t know how you managed to line up all those ‘ab’s and not only make them make sense but also sound good – but you did!

  6. Alexander (your name, yes?) I had to flip back and forth between the online dictionary and your “puzzle poem” to understand it. It was fun to do it, and I’m impressed with your vocabulary and the depth of the poem! Absinthe makes a good cure-all for just about everything πŸ˜‰

    1. Hi! My first name is David – you can feel free to use it πŸ™‚ (‘ben Alexander’ means ‘son of Alexander’ in Hebrew)

      Don’t be too impressed with my vocabulary – I had to search online for many of these words! It was lots of fun πŸ™‚

      1. Aha! Will try to remember, David. Writing poetry and looking for the right words is a lot of fun. You picked some heavy words.

    1. I won’t lie – I had fun with this one πŸ™‚

      And because I was limited to a particular set of words, I honestly didn’t know how it would come out at the end!

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