dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille Monday

Today is Quadrille Monday at dVerse Poets Pub. De (Whimsygizmo) is our word prompter. Please write a quadrille (exactly 44 words, title not included) using the word “whisper” or variants – whispered, whispering, whispers –
Come Join us at 3:00 PM EST to read these wonderful short poems. http://dversepoets.com/2017/01/16/quadrille-24/

Wolf Moon
the wolf moon begins to rise
shattered into pieces
by black branches,
like a sky mounted mirror.
branches begin to whisper
tossed by high flying breezes
sounding like windchimes made from seashells,
small animal bones, broken glass –
I lift my face and begin to howl

***The first full moon in January was named by the first American people as the wolf moon – cold, snow caused much hunger among the people and animals.  Wolfs would sit and bay outside the villages on full moon nights.  Thus the name given to the moon in January – Wolf Moon.

41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ladynyo
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 11:24:27

    Wonderful and scary! So descriptive, Toni….in Hungarian folklore (and real life…) wolves play a dominant role. There are many stories of sleighs being chased by a wolf pack and a child thrown over…or an old person, to occupy the wolves until the sleigh can get to the safety of the village. I love especially the first four lines….but the entire quadrille is beautiful. I tend also….to howl at a full moon.

    Reply

  2. whippetwisdom
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 12:53:56

    A wonderful quadrille Toni, I love the idea of the moon rising like ‘a sky mounted mirror’ xxx

    Reply

  3. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 14:14:39

    I so love the imagery in this–that shattered appearance. In addition, I’ve studied those aspects of Native American lore and find so much to appreciate. You know, howling is quite therapeutic. May I join you? When I was a student nurse in the 60’s, my roommate and I used to schedule “groan-ins.” We would time ourselves for a one minute groaning session and, girl, it helped!

    Reply

  4. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 14:42:11

    Lovely. These jump out at me and even they tell a story: shattered, mounted, whisper, breezes, windchimes, seashells, broken glass.
    I’ve yet to howl at the moon, but I’ve considered it more than once. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Reply

    • kanzensakura
      Jan 16, 2017 @ 16:03:46

      Come on in and join me. Peggie and I used to howl over the phone. I think a good howl in memory of our friend is in order.

      Reply

      • Let's CUT the Crap!
        Jan 16, 2017 @ 17:28:54

        I pulled the gel pad out of the cushion she got for me yesterday and remembered how I came to have it. ❤ ❤
        While much younger, the sister after me at about age 10, felt like a rip-roaring yell is what she wanted. Went down into the basement and scare the life out of us all above. 😀 😀 😀

        Reply

  5. whimsygizmo
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 16:00:22

    Oh, my goodness. As enamored as I am of Ms. Moon, I had no idea. Could I love her (or your work) more? I don’t think so.

    Reply

  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 16:06:53

    This is just wonderful… somehow howling at the moon makes so much sense to me when you write it like this.

    Reply

  7. sarahsouthwest
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 16:23:07

    Those wind-chimes – haunting. I’ll howl tonight – maybe you’ll hear me across the Atlantic. Howls are in order, today.

    Reply

  8. paul scribbles
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 16:56:09

    Wonderful wonderful moon wise words. I have just taken ownership of a ‘name your moon’ calendar that I can fill in as the lunar year unfolds with names that speak to me of the particular moon…this one I named Cold Moon. Funny huh?

    Reply

  9. kim881
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 17:10:36

    I’ve been reading quite a lot of books about wolves lately, Toni, including the children’s book The Wolf Winder, so I was delighted to read your wolf poem this evening.I Especially love the final line.

    Reply

  10. Grace
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 17:48:29

    I did not expect the last line Toni ~ Just perfect for this month as I gaze at the moon at dawn ~

    Reply

  11. sanaarizvi
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 17:49:08

    My goodness, this is soo deliciously dark and enticing! ❤️

    Reply

  12. wolfsrosebud
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 18:36:19

    So enjoyed this: lovely piece, you included sound, I learned something new and your topic was one of my favorite words “wolf”. 😁

    Reply

  13. thotpurge
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 18:44:39

    love the sky mounted mirror and seashell wind chimes!!

    Reply

  14. frankhubeny
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 20:09:19

    I liked the idea of the black branches shattering the moon as it rises through them.

    Reply

  15. Arcadia Maria
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 21:02:02

    Great poem and I learned something new. Good job.

    Reply

  16. Kay
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 21:14:36

    Oh, my the imagery is stunning in this piece! I especially love how you describe the moon rising, ‘shattered by black branches like a sky mounted mirror”.

    Reply

  17. rosemawrites
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 21:17:20

    and that last line got me: “oooooh”! Vivid imagery! 🙂

    Reply

  18. Iris
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 21:20:38

    I especially like the first two lines.

    Reply

  19. lynn__
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 21:42:13

    The moon behind branches like a broken mirror…love your imagery here, Toni! Time to howl 😉

    Reply

  20. Victoria Young
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 22:43:31

    This poem makes me want to howl! Really like how looking through the branches makes the moon look split into pieces- very observant. Really awesome!

    Reply

  21. maria
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 22:44:13

    Chilling! AND I love the back story… now I learn something about the wolf moon. ❤

    Reply

  22. C.C.
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 23:13:00

    This is a very clever and creative description: “shattered into pieces
    by black branches.”

    Reply

  23. lillian
    Jan 17, 2017 @ 10:32:56

    “like a sky mounted mirror”….I LOVE these words! So good to see you here, Toni 🙂
    sending you whispers of good thoughts…

    Reply

  24. Walter J. Wojtanik
    Jan 17, 2017 @ 11:42:20

    This lost boy will forego his crow for a good howl, thanks to this piece of brilliance, Toni!

    Reply

  25. MarinaSofia
    Jan 17, 2017 @ 15:11:14

    You are full of wonderful obscure lore, Toni, I had no idea about this wolf moon. Sometimes you need to whisper, but sometimes you need to let loose and howl…

    Reply

  26. Olga
    Jan 17, 2017 @ 22:13:39

    Such a stunning scene you’ve painted for the senses. It’s deserving of a howl. ❤

    Reply

  27. shivashishspeaks
    Jan 22, 2017 @ 00:22:01

    Great post
    Amazing
    Visit mine
    http://shivashishspeaks.wordpress.com/

    Reply

  28. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Jan 22, 2017 @ 05:05:02

    So vivid! I could feel and hear all that you described.

    Reply

You've heard my voice, please let me hear yours. Let the conversation begin!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: