Quadrille Monday – Dance

The Poets Pub opens again at 3:00 PM EST after a break. Grace is the prompter for Quadrille Monday. A Quadrille is a short poem consisting of exactly 44 words, not including the title. The prompt word for our Quadrilles today is “flicker”. Come join us and read these wonderful poems. Today is also the SIXTH ANNIVERSARY of dVerse.  The drinks are on me! https://dversepoets.com/2017/07/17/happy-6th-anniversary-quadrille-36/

I heard the cicadas for the first time
tonight –sawing scraping –
moonlight dapples the trees with silver –
fireflies in the darkness –
a flickering dance
On off on off
stars in the black sky
flicker in return
on off on off
eternal dance

public domain photo


80 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 14:53:02

    Savoring the descriptions in this, Toni, that play so well with the flicker theme. Very visual. I wish we had fireflies here. So special.


    • kanzensakura
      Jul 17, 2017 @ 14:57:55

      Yes they are. to this day, I still capture a few and put into a large jar with a screen top for a nightlight by my bed, complete with some blades of grass. I always rise early to release them back into their natural habitat and thank them for lighting my dreams.


  2. Grace
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 15:05:30

    Gorgeous imagery in these lines Toni:

    moonlight dapples the trees with silver –
    fireflies in the darkness –

    Thank you for being part of our journey~


  3. kim881
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 15:14:42

    I wish we had cicadas over here – I’ve only ever really heard them in Italy. Gorgeous, Toni!


  4. whippetwisdom
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 15:16:12

    I love the flickering dance of the fireflies and ‘moonlight dapples the trees with silver’ – a real beauty Toni xxx


  5. jillys2016
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 15:17:39

    The conversation of flickers between the fireflies and stars is brilliantly done. Love this! …wait…did you say the drinks are on you? Pass that wine list over here – let’s go for the good stuff! 🙂


  6. Charley
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 15:21:46

    A dance of lights. Beautiful. 10 year-old tawny port… unless there’s 20 year behind the bar.


  7. Aurora
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 15:24:04

    “I heard the cicadas for the first time
    tonight –sawing scraping –
    moonlight dapples the trees with silver –”

    My goodness, that is gorgeous.


  8. claudia
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 15:40:08

    what a beautiful dance – and what a beautiful dance in your words as well


  9. frankhubeny
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 15:54:25

    Nice comparison of the sound of the cicadas and the stars both viewed as flickering.


  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 15:56:59

    I remember that sound… but here it’s si different.


  11. Jane Dougherty
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 16:05:30

    The word ‘cicada’ alone conjures up memories of Mediterranean holidays, summer nights throbbing with insects; Thank you!


  12. alisonhankinson
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 16:25:33

    Beautiful and oh how I miss the cicadas. XXX


  13. Beverly Crawford
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 16:26:38

    When I was a child, we used to catch fireflies in the evening and keep them in Mason jars. My Oregonian son-in-law had never seen a firefly and was completely mesmerized when he first visited. Your poem conjured pleasant memories. Thank you!


  14. hypercryptical
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 16:49:28

    Beautiful imagery of an eternal dance.
    Of your response to Victoria: How wonderful this must be – a living night light!
    Anna :o]


  15. sarahsouthwest
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 17:01:54

    Oh, gorgeous. The dance of the fireflies and the stars, echoing each other. I have only seen fireflies a few times – this reminded me of warm nights in exotic places. Thank you so much.


  16. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 17:04:52

    This is soo dreamy!!❤️ “a flickering dance on off on off stars in the black sky” …*swooooon*❤️


  17. nosaintaugustine
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 17:23:45

    Nice! Great sensory experience in the opening two lines.


  18. Victoria Young
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 17:26:33

    I love this line: moonlight dapples the trees with silver. Beautiful post!


  19. welshstream
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 17:50:27

    Ah .. nature at night. Beautifully captured.


  20. Bodhirose
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 19:46:11

    I remember you talking about how you would capture a few fireflies in a jar and keep them by your bed at night…so sweet, very endearing…as is your poem. xo


    • kanzensakura
      Jul 18, 2017 @ 17:08:16

      Yes, you would remember that detail! in the morning the little critters are asleep so I just go outside in the early morning and dump them out into the bushes. They wake up then and start crawling over the leaves!


  21. Arcadia Maria
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 19:58:09

    Beautiful imagery of nature.


  22. Waltermarks
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 21:07:51

    I love the fireflies dance. We don’t see them often here. We went to an amphitheater to see a play at night a while back and watched them perform for almost the entire first half. They are so inspiring


  23. Linda Kruschke
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 00:14:17

    Beautiful description of this scene.


  24. Sumana Roy
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 00:46:36

    Love this expansion of flicker from fireflies to the star…Beautiful.


  25. colorfulpen
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 02:12:54

    Beautiful imagery. I love “moonlight dapples the trees with silver” and the fireflies and stars flickering. We used to see fireflies at night quite a bit, not so much anymore.


  26. maria
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 04:13:29

    A very delightful read and imagery, Toni. 🙂


  27. lynn__
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 08:47:51

    LOVE how you captured their flickering dance!


  28. lillian
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 09:28:51

    Oh it is so wonderful to see you back at dVerse, Toni. I LOVE this post. One thing I dearly miss about our time living in Iowa — the fireflies! So I truly enjoyed your beautiful descriptive poem this morning. But, I must say, I do not miss the Cicadas or June bugs that used to hang out on our porch screens!!! 🙂
    Beautifully penned, as always.


    • kanzensakura
      Jul 18, 2017 @ 17:04:50

      Oh those June bugs….destructive critters but they provide food for the birds! I’ve never lived anyplace that did not have the fireflies. It must make the night seem lonely sometimes.


  29. Kathy Reed
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 11:07:22

    Amazing creatures..have never seen one…starlike and starlight.:-)


  30. Laura Bloomsbury
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 15:50:25

    the openihg sounds are a joyous prelude – great to see your poetry flickering into life after the break


  31. ghostmmnc
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 17:10:49

    Oh, this is lovely! We don’t have fireflies here, but I’ve seen them in other places. Now, cicadas we do have, and I actually like hearing them! Your poem sets a wonderful mood. 🙂


  32. kanzensakura
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 17:16:28

    Thank you. I love the sound of the cicadas at night. It is a sound from my childhood.


  33. sarahrussellpoetry
    Jul 20, 2017 @ 02:22:41

    What a lovely picture you’ve drawn, Kanzen. Love the cicadas saw scraping. Perfect!


  34. paul scribbles
    Jul 20, 2017 @ 03:19:22

    A beautiful light poem with such a vivid description of nature’s dance.


  35. purplepeninportland
    Jul 20, 2017 @ 19:42:18

    Fireflies and stars. A lovely descriptive poem, Toni.


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