dVerse — Quadrille Monday — One Blessed Night

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Hunter Moon, stark orb in silent stage,
lights a way lost by day, to folly’s repose.
Stone wiggled loose, a puff of dust,
candle bright as shadows sway. Intoned
promises, from ashes you spark to life.
Dark price paid for this one blessed night.

 

Image was taken last year at Felt Mansion.

Sarah is today’s host of dVerse’ Quadrille Monday.  Sarah says:
So tonight let’s write some ash quadrilles – 44 words, including the word ash.

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  1. I’m not quite sure what’s going on here. I like that – there’s a sense of mystery, some midnight ritual, lights flickering in the darkness. Perfect for this time of year, as we edge into the long nights of winter.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I wanted to make it so the person visited their dearly departed one night a year and bring them back to life — at the cost of her soul — but I couldn’t make the word count fit. This is the time of the year, you’re right, when the nights are crisp and the moon shines bright.

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      1. That’s a lot of intensity to fit into 44 words!

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  2. I’d never heard of Hunter moon. I know it as Harvest Moon, as in the song

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Larry, there’s a lot of info out there on the Hunter Moon (which is in 2 days.) Here’s one quickly found random website with info on it. https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/hunters.html

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      1. Thanks I’ll have to find out about it

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        1. msjadeli says:

          You’re welcome.

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  3. The mystery in this is so interesting… it sounds like a ritual for that hunter moon…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bjorn, I love that interpretation! ❤

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  4. This sounds the start of one helluva curse.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Perhaps! I hope not, but you never know…

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  5. Gillena Cox says:

    A phoenix night. Nice one

    Much💜love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes! Thank you, Gillena ❤

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  6. lillian says:

    The wish to have a dear dear loved one come back to us….even if for one night. What would one pay to have that occur? Your last line indicates the depth of love….the heavy price paid.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You definitely see the situation and all of its ripples. Thank you for reading and your insightful comment, Lillian.

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  7. merrildsmith says:

    I also wasn’t quite sure what was going on, but I also thought like Björn, that it was a ritual for the moon. It’s lovely though.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Merril 🙂

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re welcome!

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  8. Grace says:

    Reads like a moon incantation with that puff of dust. Good one!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Grace 🙂

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  9. sanaarizvi says:

    I love the image of “Intoned promises,” a very powerfully composed quadrille, Lisa! 💝💝

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sanaa, thank you 🙂 ❤

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  10. Masa says:

    You know how much I love the macabre and sinister – a desperation and delight to hold in my palm, like so much dust in the wind.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for the chilling response 🙂

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  11. memadtwo says:

    There is a strong sense of foreboding in your words. (K)

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  12. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    The prayer “ashes to ashes, precedes Resurrection. A quadrille can tie your hands. I spend more time cutting my work down, than I did writing it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and your comment, Glenn.

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  13. I thought of trees giving their lives so you could have a fire-lit night of fun and fancy. I know it wasn’t the intent, but the end took me there!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Phillip, I think sacrifices were made, why not trees? Thanks for the feedback on where it took you!

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  14. This line was my favorite: “Stone wiggled loose, a puff of dust” It leaves so much to the imagination in so few words. Enjoyed the mystery of this love spell of sorts!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Tricia, thank you! I’m glad you connected with it in that way and that you enjoyed the mystery.

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  15. lynn__ says:

    You’re creeping me out here, Lisa 😉

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You know the “folly” image and the vibe I got when I was there was quite creepy. No way no how would I go anywhere near that place on the night of the Hunter Moon!

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  16. An enjoyable read. Such mystery in this piece. Nicely done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Arcadia!

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  17. Very mysterious indeed.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Silver Gardenia.

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  18. Sadje says:

    Mysterious goings on Li. Very well written to entice our imagination.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly, Sadje. Thank you.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

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  19. robtkistner says:

    A wonder-full piece Lisa! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rob, thank you 🙂

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  20. rothpoetry says:

    An interesting poem. Promises from the ashes! A one night stand??

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dwight, there have been a lot of guesses on this one, your guess is as good as any. It’s a mystery that only the reader can solve… Thank you for reading and your wondering.

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        You are a puzzler!

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  21. Ingrid says:

    Suitably spooky for the time of year, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Ingrid!

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  22. writingwhatnots says:

    That feeling of dark ritual, of something supernatural, is very chilling Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Marion, it is!

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  23. evocative is definitely the first word that comes to my mind after reading this several times, Lisa… the “price” leaves me very curious!


    David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading, David. I’m glad I got your curiosity going.

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  24. I was intrigued by the image. It obviously relates to the poem, but I can’t work out what it is.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The image is where the path leads her. It’s a folly built behind and down the hill from The Felt Mansion, reported to be haunted. If you want to learn more about the place:
      https://www.feltmansion.org/

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      1. Oh, I see! Thank you 🙂

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  25. hedgewitch says:

    The ways lost to day often seem to lead to this place of ashes. Great work with the form–short, sharp and full of mood.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Joy, for your insightful comment.

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  26. Very mysterious, as if a macabre spell is being cast.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Something dark is afoot for sure…

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  27. K.Hartless says:

    Super spooky, Lisa. Thinks for the shivers.

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  28. I love the mystery in your words Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Linda 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome my friend.

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  29. Dora says:

    Spooky, Lisa, mysteriously so.
    pax,
    dora

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Indeed! Thank you, Dora.

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  30. oooh intriguing Lisa!💖

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Cindy 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome Lisa!💖

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  31. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    The poem is as oniums as the image.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Max. It’s a structure that would be scary to be anywhere near at night.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        ominous! I spelled it close but auto correct took over!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I knew what you meant. They say Felt Mansion is haunted. Bad things happened there. Local legend says creatures lurk in the nearby woods!

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            I love local legends and their sources…for us a few miles up the road it’s the Bell Witch.

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            1. msjadeli says:

              What’s the story on the Bell Witch?

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              1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                It’s in the county next to mine. Its a spirit that haunted the Bell family for many centuries I think. I knew about it when I was a kid.
                https://sharetngov.tnsosfiles.com/tsla/exhibits/myth/bellwitch.htm

                It’s probably the number 1 ghost story here.

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                1. msjadeli says:

                  Wow I just read the whole story. Have you ever gone to that cave?

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                  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                    When I was a kid my sister tried to get me to go…I wouldn’t because I was too scared. I would go now of course…I would love to go and may talk Jen into that.
                    That would be fun.

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