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Danse Macabre

she reads the last few pages of the book,
a tale of high adventure ev’ry page,
vicarious indulgence, what it took;
done to distract her thinking from its rage
exciting tales of bravery and hope
where villains die and heroes conquer all
no need to weep and in the darkness grope
eat, drink, be merry, maskless for the ball
we’re dancing dead to mortis’ rigored squall.

 

image: “Death Dance Macabre” (artist unknown)

Laura is today’s host for dVerse’ Meet the Bar.  Laura says:
Since today is the 9th of the 9th month it is fitting for that numeral to inform today’s poetry form –  so let’s meet The Novelinee!
Your novelinee poem can be just one nine-line stanza (do not split it!)

 OR
you may choose to write several stanzas in this form (an open novelinee)
OR
 you might like the two stanza closed novelinee form, in which the beginning line of the first stanza is mirrored at the end of the second stanza, whilst the last line of the first stanza is reflected in the first line of the second stanza

56 Comments Add yours

  1. Dale says:

    Excellent! I am in awe of you poets!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dale, you make me smile. Thank you ❤

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      1. Dale says:

        So glad I do 😉

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  2. If only reality could be more like the adventures in the book… but in reality it’s more complicated I think

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  3. the dans macabre goes so well along with your rhymes – but don’t forget #9 is also a d rhyme!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Laura. I just edited it. Let me know what you think.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          🙂 Thanks, Laura.

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  4. Xan says:

    “Maskless at the ball” a very on-point part of our current danse macabre.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Alexandra, thanks and yes it is 😦

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  5. Ron. says:

    Yeah, the masklessness of that line jumped out at me, too. Awesome work Lisa.

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  6. Wow, this is very cool.

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  7. Dora says:

    Lisa,
    We do need our distractions these days! And thank God for them. Or else we would wake up to “mortis’ rigored squall”. Brilliant.
    pax,
    dora

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dora, yes we do. Full frontal reality is a bit too much these days for me. Thank you for reading and your comment.

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  8. Gillena Cox says:

    Yes indeed. Within the seriousness of this pandemic are those of the dancing dead.

    Much💖love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Gillena. I wish it wasn’t so 😦

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  9. Sadje says:

    Fantastic take on the prompt Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje, thank you ❤

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome ☺️

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  10. Grace says:

    Its nice to have fun and be merry. Still it would be a firght to dance dead to mortis’ rigored squall.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Grace, I agree.

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  11. rothpoetry says:

    What an interesting poem Lisa. The dance of death we read about may just be our own!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dwight, thank you. It may just be.

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  12. Ms. Lisa, you picked such difficult rhyming schemes and pull it off perfectly. love this line: done to distract her thinking from its rage

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ms. Rosema, thank you for your generous comment ❤

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  13. Most excellent, Lisa … and rather grim! 🙂


    David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      When half of the hospital staff my son works with signed a “religious waiver” so they don’t have to get the vaccine, the pediatric ward is at capacity, the whole state of Michigan is in the red zone for Delta variant risk, and my son and his wife are doing their best to keep their infant daughter from catching covid, yes, it’s rather grim. Thanks for reading and your comment, David.

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  14. Ingrid says:

    I’m fascinated by Danse Macabre and the whole medieval attitude towards death: certainly, getting engrossed in a good book is one way to distract ourselves from its inevitability 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Ingrid. Reading and writing are great distractions.

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  15. merrildsmith says:

    Reading as distraction is something I definitely do (and no one else with a mask on at my library yesterday!) Danse Macabre is perfect.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Merril ❤

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re very welcome, Lisa!

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  16. writingwhatnots says:

    Sometimes I think we could still be in the Middle Ages …

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Marion, I can see where you might feel that way sometimes.

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  17. lynn__ says:

    I survived my first dance with Covid…would rather not dance with the variant. This poem packs a message, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Lynn, thank you. So sorry you got Covid, and so happy you lived through it.

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      1. lynn__ says:

        Thanks, Lisa…me too!

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  18. robtkistner says:

    This is chilling Lisa, and well written. The longer this plague goes on, and the higher the level of denial and ignorance climbs, thr more concerned I become. I firmly believe we have not seen the final variant. This bug is outrunning us. We may have met the harbinger of the end time for human beings.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you. Rob, I think you’re right. I heard yesterday that numbers are up to what they were last March at the big spike. Biden is stepping up but not enough. America will be imprisoned by this pandemic as no sane country should let us travel to it. I also heard about its endless developing variants. Maybe Mother Nature is saying enough is enough.

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  19. calmkate says:

    deep sadness, some fun, awesome writing …
    love your theme, rhymes and oh my, that last line!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Kate.

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      1. calmkate says:

        a real pleasure Lisa, praying the situation eases for your grandie!

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  20. Sunra Rainz says:

    Ooooh! I say, msjadeli, that took a dark little turn at the end there! I was all hopeful at “no need to weep and in the darkness grope” then I got to “we’re dancing dead to mortis’ rigored squall” and thought goodness me, where am I?! I need to leave this party! 😀 You’re giving me Halloween vibes already ❤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much for reading and your comment, Sunra. I’m just getting warmed up for Halloween.

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  21. Cheery! Death in dance rhythm 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, dear. Good to remember for my next death poem 🙂

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      1. I’m sure there’ll be more 🙂

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  22. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Wow…”we’re dancing dead to mortis’ rigored squall” Now THAT is a cool line!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you! You can thank Laura for suggesting I change the last word, which was song, so I did, to squall. I like it so much better. Thank you, Laura ❤

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Well Thanks Laura! lol… that is fantastic…I could see that being in a Dylan song easy

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