For better, or: Worse

Embraces life he;
"Two sides of the same coin we-
They need us both, see?"
 Extends fantasies;
 Sells souls heavens to fancy
 Over drudgery;
  Extinguished are we,
  As all souls are born to be-
  Shed of misery;
   Embraced and set free;
   An infinity

The above poem is my take on d’Verse’s Quadrille challenge #121.

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 “embrace” in a quadrille.


  • This poem was inspired by the phrase ’embrace, extend, extinguish’, which was first introduced in the United States v. Microsoft Corp. antitrust trial;
  • This poem is structured as four haikus