Sugar, or: Spice

A quadrille

In the form of a Diminishing Verse poem

Fingers crossed, he'd intended to cheat...
Soft cookies cooling from the oven's heat...
She'd made him promise that he wouldn't eat
any of them... But perhaps he'd just nibble a bit at
one... Retching on salt, he realized she knew him to a 't'.

Diminishing Verse

  • The only base rule is:
    • The last word of each line in a verse must be the same as the last word of the line above it, minus one or more letters;
    • Don’t change the order of the letters in the word;
    • When you run out of word, the verse ends;
    • That’s it;
  • There’s no syllable counting; no line length requirements; no number of lines in a verse requirements; no verse count requirements.

d’Verse Quadrille #145:

The above ‘Diminishing Verse’ poem 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 “nibble” 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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