Final act, or: Curtains

A Descort poem

celebration's pretense
even in most probable circumstances
remains merely a beautifying
curtain behind life's stages

we speak
words, even write them, 
to great roars of encore, encore

cute, unwilling


I'd simply retire into the darkness
if not for my present expectant audience

Descort poem

The descort differentiates itself from other forms by differentiating its lines from other lines within the poem. That is, the main rule of descort poems is that each line needs to be different from every other line in the poem.

A descort poem has different line lengths, meters, avoids rhyming with other lines, no refrains, and that goes for stanzas as well. In other words, no two lines in a descort should look like each other.

d’Verse Quadrille #155

The above descort poem is my take on 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 “celebrate” 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!

48 thoughts on “Final act, or: Curtains”

  1. So interesting, this form David…reading the rules, it almost sounds like it is not poetry…*smiles, and yet reading your excellent example…it IS poetry and reads very well, Congratulations on mastering yet another poetic style:)🌹

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