dVerse — Quadrille 132 — Anystream

on

Willow-draped trickles
wear wet green strands,
fluttering naiad’s locks tickling
shaded pale fish bellies.

Ordinary magical stream
meanders; along its obscurest
banks gnomes and bullfrogs
picnic and play checkers;

where butterflies and birds
traverse undergrowth to
sip in mid-July’s drought
and thirsty violets tiptoe.

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I went looking for a nice image to fit the poem but decided to do a quick video of a nearby stream instead.

De Jackson (aka whimsygizmo) is today’s host of dVerse’ Quadrille Monday. De says:
Stream us a new poem of exactly 44 words, not including the title, and working in some form of the word STREAM.

85 Comments Add yours

  1. Dale says:

    this is so lovely, Lisa! I want to find myself on its banks.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dale, thank you, it’s an ordinary yet magical place.

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      1. Dale says:

        I find that most magical places are rather ordinary πŸ™‚

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        1. msjadeli says:

          πŸ™‚ I believe you, and your image contributions to #FF are proof that magic is there by the stories they generate.

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          1. Dale says:

            How sweet are you? :
            Thank you. πŸ™‚

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  2. Ingrid says:

    ‘Ordinary magical stream
    meanders’ – I love that! Give me some ordinary stream magic any day πŸ™‚

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    1. msjadeli says:

      πŸ™‚ Glad you like it, Ingrid, thank you.

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    2. RedCat says:

      This is a masterpiece! Ordinary magical stream indeed. For some reason I felt very happy and content reading this.

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      1. msjadeli says:

        Helene, it makes me happy to know it brought happiness and contentment to you. Thank you very much ❀

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      2. Ingrid says:

        Me too πŸ™‚

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  3. I love the images you have created here Lisa. And the thought ‘thirsty violets tiptoe’- sigh- I wish I had written that!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Linda, thank you ❀

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  4. sanaarizvi says:

    “thirsty violets tiptoe,” is such a stunning image!! 😍😍 Beautifully done, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sanaa πŸ™‚ ❀

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  5. I love the first stanza!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚

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  6. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    You hooked me with “gnomes and bullfrogs picnic and play checkers”, a fantasy moment, a magical twist of the mundane, sprinkling it with fairy dust, treacle, and poetic flora. This is beyond lovely, a genuine poem encased in the quadrille; wonderful work.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m blushing after reading your comment. Glenn, you made my day ❀

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  7. whimsygizmo says:

    First off, I have to say I’m envious of your nearby stream. There’s nothing “ordinary” about that kind of thing where I live!
    Your words are just beautiful, and I LOVE the idea of bullfrogs and gnomes playing checkers together after a fine picnic. πŸ˜‰

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment ❀

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  8. K.Hartless says:

    So much lovely sound for this lively stream. Enjoyed the vivid images you conjured in your quadrille, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you enjoyed the poem, Karen, thank you.

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      1. K.Hartless says:

        You’re most welcome. The poem was delightful.

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  9. Beautiful! πŸ™‚

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    1. msjadeli says:

      πŸ™‚ Thank you!

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  10. Beverly Crawford says:

    So that’s what goes on with an “ordinary magical stream”! Sounds wondrous.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Beverly, thank you.

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  11. rothpoetry says:

    Your little stream is about the size of mine… I love that you have flow…. mine is dried up. I like the gnomes and bull frogs playing checkers on the bank! Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dwight. I’m kind of surprised it’s still flowing right now with all of this heat.

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        Looks like a beautiful spot for you!

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  12. It is just magical on how the little creatures survive in the drought. It is magical in the way you described it, Jade! Beautiful!

    Hank

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Hank, so pleased you enjoyed the little spot of heaven, thank you πŸ™‚

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  13. Sadje says:

    A lovely, picturesque poem Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje ❀

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

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  14. Ali Grimshaw says:

    I really like your ending here,
    “where butterflies and birds
    traverse undergrowth to
    sip in mid-July’s drought
    and thirsty violets tiptoe.”
    Delightful.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ali, thank you, and glad you like it.

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  15. Beautifully written, Li πŸ˜„

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Shweta πŸ™‚

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      1. You’re welcome πŸ˜€

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  16. Loved the image of gnomes and bullfrogs playing checkers. Such a fun poem!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I had a lot of fun writing it, SilverGardenia πŸ™‚

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  17. Some beautiful verses that stir the soul. A joy to read! πŸ’

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❀ Many thanks, Tricia.

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      1. Welcome, Lisa! πŸ’•

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  18. rogblog666 says:

    ordanary streams are always magical thanks

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  19. I like that last line. The violets are still there, hanging on until next spring.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Jane.

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  20. the last line especially poignant after that free and easy float downstream

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Laura.

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  21. Such lovely images, Li! I was transported to this magical place. ❀️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Happy I took you there, Punam, thank you.

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  22. Misky says:

    Such a peaceful poem; it feels so easy to step into it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for the feedback, Misky. I’m glad it does.

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  23. kittysverses says:

    I loved the descriptions and the video, Li πŸ™‚
    “where butterflies and birds
    traverse undergrowth to
    sip in mid-July’s drought
    and thirsty violets tiptoe.”
    Beautiful images!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you and glad you enjoyed the poem, Kitty πŸ™‚

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      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Li. πŸ™‚

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  24. Ordinary magical stream

    a subtle but very clever and apt line, Lisa! ❀

    -David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, David πŸ™‚

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  25. Raivenne says:

    Oh I was already enamored with “wet green strands, fluttering naiad’s locks” then you brought inn the gnomes and bullfrogs and I simply fawned over the visuals and audio evoked. Bravo Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Raivenne, thank you and glad you connected with it πŸ™‚

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  26. Bill says:

    Oh, very nicely done. Descriptive with feeling.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Bill πŸ™‚

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      1. Bill says:

        My pleasure.

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  27. Helen Dehner says:

    your quadrille delights my every sense … I want to traipse through all of it. every square inch of it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Maybe you would be invited to a game of checkers πŸ™‚ Thanks, Helen!

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  28. memadtwo says:

    No stream is ordinary and every one is magic…(K)

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  29. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    You picked me up and dropped me in nature with that!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Good, my mission is accomplished πŸ™‚

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        That was fantastic Lisa. It reminded me of a spring I use to go to hidden away when I was a kid.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Thank you and happy it did. Is the spring still there?

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            Its back in the woods and because of snakes…I took Bailey around 8 years ago in late fall and I found it! Covered in watercress…great water… I want to go again and take pictures this time.

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Please do! It sounds like a neat place (if you can get there safely.) Does it get cool there in the winter where the snakes slow down? I’d love to see pics of it.

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              1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                I cannot believe I remembered where it was at.
                Yes that is why we went in late fall when it was cool and no snakes…I also want to bring back some water. I’ll take pictures.

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  30. Your last line was magical Lisa …

    and thirsty violets tiptoe…..beautiful β˜ΊοΈπŸ’•

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Aw thanks, Christine πŸ™‚ ❀

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  31. “fluttering naiad’s locks tickling shaded pale fish bellies” that’s a vivid image πŸ™‚

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    1. msjadeli says:

      JP, that’s actually my favorite part of the poem πŸ™‚

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  32. This is so fun to read aloud. Your word choices tickle the tongue. Brilliant.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Victoria!

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