Bark, or: Bite [Part I]

A quadrille

In the form of an Etheree

a
shiver
goes through her,
as she looks down
at the shards. She can't
afford to lose this job; 
she just can't. His shattered skull
lies by the patio, dark blood
staining her apron. She'd forgotten
to check whether the neighbors kept a dog.

[click here for Part II]

[click here for Part III]


Etheree

  • 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables;
  • reversed: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1;
  • double: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1;
  • triple…

d’Verse Quadrille #144:

The above Etheree is my take on today’s d’Verse 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 “shiver” in a Quadrille.


Let’s write poetry together!

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)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

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