dVerse — quadrille — Immortal Osmium

Osmium Crystals

Motorcycle purrs, waits,
buttery leather jacket

Crooning at dusk to the hens

Finding coral mushrooms
in moss under the pines

Wet splishes and creaks
sailing under moonlight

Picking raspberries
while riding mini-bikes

Priceless, terrible memories
will never be extinguished.

Punctuations within hell
won’t die.

Linda is the host for dVerse today.  Linda says:
[T]oday I would challenge you to use the word extinction, but not refer to climate change directly. And as long as the word Extinction (or a variation thereof) is in either the title or the body of the poem, that is fine.

Image of osmium is from Alchemist-hp / Creative Commons License

34 Comments Add yours

  1. This is a rare gem… like osmium, a remembrance of sorts.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you. Yes, Bjorn.

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  2. I have read this 3 times and each time I come with away with a sense of dread. It’s dark and mysterious Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for taking the time to try to understand. Your comment is appreciated, Linda.

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  3. calmkate says:

    agree with Linda there is more at a deeper level here than I can quite understand but the word “terrible” indicates it’s not warm fond memories

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Kate.

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      1. calmkate says:

        you’re welcome Lisa .. take care

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  4. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good point: “Priceless, terrible memories
    will never be extinguished.” It is not easy to forget.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Frank I was thinking about this when trying to articulate, and to me it seems almost like a reverse PTSD, where you can keep processing the trauma and get through it with time, but the good memories can’t get you beyond the person who shared them with you in between all that trauma.

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  5. Rob Kistner says:

    Really like this Lisa. I missed the challenge Linda put firth. Now I must write a second piece.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you like it, Rob. I’ll be looking for your second piece.

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  6. Sadje says:

    A beautiful poem! Well written Li. 👍

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje, thank you 🙂

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  7. Grace says:

    This gives me shivers:

    Priceless, terrible memories
    will never be extinguished.

    Punctuations within hell
    won’t die.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Grace, thank you for your comment.

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  8. kim881 says:

    A genius title, Jade, and your quadrille has atmosphere, poignancy and brilliant final lines.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kim, thank you for reading and commenting.

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  9. pvcann says:

    I love the way you lead in with a seemingly harmless story and then slip in the underlying story with terrible memories. Fires the imagination even though it is heavy.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Paul, thank you for your comment; it’s a roadblock right now. How does one get beyond the reality that some of the happiest times in their life are encased in web of deceit and pain?

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      1. pvcann says:

        Yes, it is a sucker punch, betrayal, so many thoughts come up in response. It is a road block that needs powerful medicine – reflection and self healing.

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  10. rothpoetry says:

    I had to smile as I envisioned the images in your poem. The motorcycle… the buttery jacket… the hens…
    Well done Jade!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dwight, glad you enjoyed the images, as they were precious times.

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        I thought they might be!

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  11. rothpoetry says:

    You are right those great memories will always stay with us. Sad our children only want to look at glass screens!

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  12. What a terrific final line. Just great!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Phillip. Glad you liked it.

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  13. Ah, the duality of loving and hating the memories that shape us. I love the darkness with a tinge of light in your words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Astrid, duality is the perfect word for it! Maybe that’s why it’s bugging me so much, as duality is a thing I like to avoid at all costs. This is very helpful. Thank you.

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      1. Glad to help. It’s difficult to deal with but important to see the full picture.

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  14. whimsygizmo says:

    Something about those “Priceless, terrible memories” gives me shivers. Something so precious, but so terrifying.

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  15. memadtwo says:

    This seems like two streams converging and diverging–how to make them one? Perhaps you never can. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kerfe, you may be right and I like your point of view.

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