dVerse — Monday Quadrille 154 — however it’s spelled

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Does exuberant green panorama speak Spring or Summer?
Mid-June paper flutters in ninety-degree heat. Rhubarb roars.
Dandelions smoke cigarettes, bees hmmm carnal at rainbows.
Lilacs’ brown sugar memory; mitigated with gingered peonies.
Life cycles’ motors rumble. Six letters may spell what they wish.

This poem is also a nod  to Sanaa’s included quote (thanks Sanaa!) from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet:

“O, she knew well / Thy love did read by rote and could not spell.”

Sanaa is today’s host of dVerse’ Quadrille Monday.  Sanaa says:
Carve us a poem out of the word “Spell,” and make it precisely 44 words long, not counting the title of course.

51 Comments Add yours

  1. Terrific incantation here – I particularly liked the ‘lilacs’ brown sugar memory’ – works so many ways.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Peter. It took me a minute to figure out how best to say it.

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  2. memadtwo says:

    Rhubarbs roaring–now I’d like to see that. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      After all of this time, stalks are ready to be harvested. Remember those “blossoms” they had a few years ago? I nipped several off them this year. A big change is where I moved them to a shadier location — they are roaring with happiness 🙂

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      1. memadtwo says:

        Good to hear. Plants have their likes and dislikes too.

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  3. so wonderfully done and a great way to start summer Lisa! 💖💖
    gotta love this song!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Cindy. I feel like a peony with feet right now with this beautiful weather.

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      1. oh I love that and I love peony’s .. 💖💖💖

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  4. kittysverses says:

    Beautiful ode to the quote from the Bard! Beautiful descriptions, Li. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks so much, Kitty ❤

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      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Li. 🙂

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  5. Sadje says:

    Great use of the prompt Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje 🙂

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome Li

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  6. lillian says:

    LOVE everything about this! The image is glorious as well. Most especially, “rhubarb roars” made me smile.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Lillian. very glad you enjoyed the poem 🙂

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  7. sanaarizvi says:

    I am literally swooning right now 😀 Especially love; “Lilacs’ brown sugar memory,” gorgeous! Thank you so much for writing to the prompt ❤️❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for your wonderful comment on the poem. Your prompt made it possible ❤

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  8. rothpoetry says:

    very nicely done, Lisa. I thought this was a clever metaphor…
    Dandelions smoke cigarettes

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    1. msjadeli says:

      haha! Thank you 🙂

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        You are welcome!

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  9. Your imagery is all so memorable, especially the dandelions smoking cigarettes!! 😆👏👏

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Tricia, I’m glad that tickled you 🙂

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  10. Bill says:

    Wow, that says it all in so few words. Nicely done, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Bill.

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  11. I loved this so much, Lisa. A brilliant use of the word spell. ❤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Colleen, thanks and so glad you enjoyed it.

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  12. Dale says:

    I love this, Lisa! Beautifully descriptive sights and sounds of summer.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dale, thank you very much ❤

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  13. Raivenne says:

    Your quadrille as a whole is beautiful bust something about “brown sugar memory” oh I just love that.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ happy that it pleases you, Raivenne. Thank you.

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  14. Xan says:

    “Six letters may spell what they wish”

    Hah! I saw your wordle today and was thinking “she needs to make a poem of these”

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    1. msjadeli says:

      funny! good idea

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  15. Grace says:

    Summer. I specially love: Lilacs’ brown sugar memory; mitigated with gingered peonies. (As I write this, I can smell my peonies in the vase).

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Grace, and I’m glad you have access to peonies.

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  16. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Love the imagery Lisa! And….what a beautiful picture.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Max, thank you and glad you like it. The close to 90 degree heat yesterday has fried the peonies in bloom. It’s supposed to stay hot through tonight, then go to 70s. Maybe some new blooms will make it.

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      1. Badfinger (Max) says:

        Yes it’s brutal outside…our heat index here for Monday was 105…I tried to go out for a walk…I couldn’t breathe.
        I picked a great time to list our portable air units on Marketplace that we bought last year…posted them Monday night and sold all three yesterday.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Sorry about the heat wave but I know you are nice and cool inside. Congrats on the heat helping you sell your other units. I’ve kept windows and doors shut and it keeps it a pleasant 70 inside here. The cats don’t like not being able to go into the atrium but it got too hot for them in there anyway.

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          1. Badfinger (Max) says:

            Yea Martha walks out and does a run or two…and then she is coming right back in lol. They hate the heat.
            The place where we got her (a nice couple)…has some more…we are thinking about it but probably won’t do it. They sent me a video and we are going to their house to look at them anyway.

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            1. msjadeli says:

              I bet she does. Have you ever gotten a kiddy pool for her? I bet she’d love it. How cool to go see St. Bernard puppies. You know that puppies and yesses go hand in hand (or is that hand and paw?)

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              1. Badfinger (Max) says:

                No we haven’t and we need to do that.

                Yea I know they do go together! The lady told me that they were not expecting them and they have lowered their prices because everything has gone up so high… they cannot keep them. So yea…it’s going to be hard to resist.

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  17. calmkate says:

    what an absolutely glorious flower, and love your fun riddled nod to the bard!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kate, I’m pleased because you are pleased. Thank you ❤

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  18. I love your manifestation of early summer – smoking dandelions, roaring rhubarb. What a treat!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Marion thanks much and happy you enjoyed it.

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  19. Indeed, they may! What vivid imagery, Li!

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  20. Magnificent flower! I love “gingered peonies”.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sara peonies really are the stars of the flower world in my eyes.

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