the madman after the madman scares the living daylights out of me the madman's digit hovers over the button while anonymous madmen crack hollow knuckles excited by the prospect of spreading their own madness version two point oh from the skies throughout the Earth
The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the Choka, or Long Poem. The early form consisted of a series of katauta joined together. This gives a choice of form structures of 5/7/5/5/7/7… etc., or: 5/7/7/5/7… etc.
The Choka could be any total line length and indeed many exceeded 100 lines. Looking at this, it is easy to see why Poetic Historians believe the katauta is the original basic unit of Japanese poetry using either the 17 or 19 unit onji.
d’Verse Quadrille #163
The above choka 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 “scare” in a Quadrille.
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48 thoughts on “By a thread, or: Knife’s edge”
And this is the perfect topic for Halloween – I think the reality is far worse than any horror film. The movie ends but this reality just keeps going!!
An interesting piece.
Certainly enough of the damned fools to go around.Too many I say David — time to start culling the pack my friend! 🙂✌🏼❤️🎃
Madmen indeed! What havoc they could wreak if they got crazy and pushed that button! Scary for sure!
😢🙏🏻 Dwight 🙏🏻😢
I can’t think about it too much. (K)
So many forms of poetry! Nicely done!
❤️🙏🏻 Christine 🙏🏻❤️ ~ thanks! It’s fun!
Whaaaaat? Madmen, you say? Nah. We’ll all be okay. Let’s just close our eyes and chant Oooommm until we will the sky to be clear. It’ll happen, right?
💛🙏🏻 Ron 🙏🏻💛
this is really chilling!! *raps knuckles of all madmen*
💗🙏🏻 Tricia 🙏🏻💗
The 44 knuckle scares me
Me too. I didn’t read the Halloween context and the Last lines brought to mind a discussions, on the ABC, about Nuclear bombs and such like from Russia.
It was Halloween last night and didn’t happen around here, not since the end of 2019
Maroubra, Sydney Australia
Ah so you a surfer then?
Australia were pretty strict.
O. Now I understand 👍 I took the Russian context, bit commented on the Halloween activities being absent since lockdown in 2020.
Oh, Halloween had an effect on my reasoning for sure.
Now I understand 👍 thank you.
💓🙏🏻 Abi 🙏🏻💓
There seem to be a misunderstanding
I don’t think I understood the madman
Now I read Russia
I’m sorry about that.
Silence or not commenting is best at times
I’m a very strong believer in poetry being an interaction between the writer and reader, Abi… I think your interpretation as a reader is part of what makes poetry… poetry.
Maybe you can share your feelings about this poem
I’m completely off balance.
When I wrote it, I was thinking primarily about what will happen when Putin is no longer in power and the many horrible people who are going to be jockeying for his place…
So Andrew understood you were speaking about Russia
Or that Ukraine dont celebrate Halloween since 2019.
So I take back the Halloween comment.
It’s totally okay – no worries! I really liked your angle.
Your concern is real
Especially now that i know what you were writing about
We have the same fears in my country
If the sitting president is forced out
Who will replace him
Madness upon madness upon Madness is erupting
my hollow knuckles cracked when i realised i am still to write my scary quadrille.
better get cracking! loved your poem
💕🙏🏻 Roger 🙏🏻💕
Wow! Well done, combining the Quadrille with the Choka. I can hear those hollow knuckles cracking…
💞🙏🏻 De 🙏🏻💞
I have ALWAYS gotten the shivers when people crack their knuckles….so this in your poem, halloweenish definitely!
🤍🙏🏻 Lillian 🙏🏻🤍