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;
   Inevitability-
   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.

Notes:

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

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

  3. I agree with other comments about the ambiguity–a good thing in my opinion. I saw greed, and then a sudden understanding at the place where greed no longer has meaning. We all get there eventually. (K)

    1. I began writing it from a pretty dark place (see the Wiki explanation of “embrace, expand, extinguish” – but it came out more ambiguously than I had expected!

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