For better, or: Worse

Embraces life he;
"Two sides of the same coin we-
They need us both, see?"
 Extends fantasies;
 Sells souls heavens to fancy
 Over drudgery;
  Extinguished are we,
  As all souls are born to be-
  Shed of misery;
   Embraced and set free;
   An infinity

The above poem is my take on d’Verse’s Quadrille challenge #121.

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 “embrace” in a quadrille.


  • This poem was inspired by the phrase ’embrace, extend, extinguish’, which was first introduced in the United States v. Microsoft Corp. antitrust trial;
  • This poem is structured as four haikus

77 thoughts on “For better, or: Worse”

  1. Excellent writing, David! It really spoke to me. Very creative form and message to muse upon my friend.

      1. Hi David! Great to reconnect with you. To answer your question — Not bad, considering the weather and the local government conspired to leave us without water and electricity.

          1. Whew. What next? 2020 was חרא and 2021 has been challenging, but hoping things will start looking up and turn the corner.

  2. “Extinguished are we, as souls are born to be” wow…. Really beautiful words. Love each line ❤️

  3. I so love the mysticism of this one! 💝💝 “Extinguished are we, as all souls are born to be.” Yes 🙂

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