Frank is the host of dVerse today. Frank says:
The word for the quadrille today is “troll” or any variation or arrangement of it somehow in your poem. So. To get to the point, to participate write a 44-word quadrille using some variation of the word “troll” in the poem.
Frank, I took your advice today. Closing my eyes, I got myself into “the zone” and just started typing what percolated to consciousness and stopped. Then I pared down what had been typed into 44 words. I think it turned out amazing. THANK YOU.
Cold mountain depths,
darkness, slimy walls,
amidst scattered leftover bits.
Lurking, listening for toe taps
Tip toeing the bridge –
they make the tenderest morsels.
Nostrils as big as baby chicks,
sucking air, climbing.
Meals never run fast enough
to escape my grimy calloused paws.