Mutiny, or: Inner space

A quadrille

In the form of a Than Bauk

Just got the news
that my muse has
refused to aid
me - betrayed me!
Dismayed, I sigh.
Thus denied, words
won't fly without
her about; and
rerouting thoughts
through new dots just
leaves knotted lines.
Undermined, I'm
inclined to throw in my worn towel.

Than Bauk

  • A verse has at least three lines;
  • Every line has four syllables;
  • The nickname for this form of poetry, could be “Stairway”, because of the rhyme steps through the poem. This is the basic rhyme scheme:
    • O. O. O. a
      O. O. a. O
      O. a. O. b
      O. O. b. O
      O. b. O. c
      O. O. c. O
      O. c. O. d. etc.;
  • A verse frequently ends with a longer line, often of 5, 7, 9 or even 11 syllables.

d’Verse Quadrille #143:

The above Than Bauk is my take on today’s d’Verse’s Quadrille challenge.

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 “muse” in a Quadrille.


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When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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79 thoughts on “Mutiny, or: Inner space”

  1. Had never heard of this form. You complete it quite well.
    “rerouting thoughts
    through new dots just
    leaves knotted lines.”
    Ah yes….when the muse departs…it’s quite fickle, right?

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