dVerse Poets Pub: Quadrille

Today Mish is prompting for Quadrille Monday at dVerse Poets Pub.  A quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words using a prompted word (or variant of the word).  Today the word is creak – creaking, creaks, creaked. Come join us for these excellent short poems! it was rather obvious to use the Halloweenish creepy type of narration. Of course, I didn’t do didn’t do the obvious.

The House
At night the house is silent.
No creaks, no groans, no settling.
Low and brick –
Cool in the summer,
warm in the winter.
Much laughter in this house –
it welcomes all.
Home says this house.
Safe says this house.
Love lives here.


31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. paul scribbles
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 15:14:02

    Beautiful. Makes me think of the song ‘Our House’ by CSN.


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 15:16:54

    I almost feel that the house is an embrace of arms… of course it has to be silent in night.


  3. Glenn Buttkus
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 15:22:10

    The night noises within my home become familiars, and they greet rather than annoy my restless slumber–but your more silent domicle befits your meditative core.


  4. kim881
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 15:23:46

    I’m with Paul on this – ‘Our House’, Graham Nash wrote it about him and Joni.


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 23, 2017 @ 15:25:21

      Yes indeed. We love this house. I dread the day we have to leave – either to SNF or die. It is warm and comfy and happy. I used to have two cats in the yard but they died several years ago.


  5. Grace
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 15:25:23

    Sweet and lovely it is Toni ~ A welcoming house is a blessed one ~


  6. lillian
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 15:28:55

    LOVELY photo and LOVELY sentiment in this. Love lives here indeed. I am so certain, knowing you just from our years at dVerse, that your home abounds in love — inside and out! 🙂


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 23, 2017 @ 15:31:16

      Thank you Lillian. I try hard to make it full of love and welcoming. No critter ever comes here hungry or thirsty and goes away wanting. My husband cringes every time he sees a raccoon at night waddling around the yard…LOL


  7. welshstream
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 15:30:12

    Isn’t it amazing how houses can become so much more an just a collaboration of materials. This captures that perfectly … a good, tight piece of writing.


  8. Frank Hubeny
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 15:32:50

    Where love lives there is home and safety.


  9. alisonhankinson
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 15:44:00

    Houses do have characters don’t they, and some are less welcoming than others.
    I am glad yours is a homely place of love.


  10. Dr. Crystal Howe
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 16:17:41

    Your last 3 lines are so beautiful and wrap this up well. ❤


  11. Jane Dougherty
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 16:22:59

    ‘that horrible crapet’ I do like your typo—it shows what you thought of the previous owner’s soft furnishings. Love the poem. I prefer welcoming house poems to scary ones.


  12. merrildsmith
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 17:06:38

    Lovely poem. Have you noticed how some houses feel so welcoming–not the decorating, but the house itself? And I’ve walked into other houses and just had a really bad feeling from it.


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 23, 2017 @ 17:21:58

      So have I. When we were looking at this house, I felt a hesitancy about it, as if it were waiting to see what we were about. I know we spoke of the land about it, the trees, how it would be perfect for to roses and birds. When we returned for a second look it welcomed us. Of course my husband felt nothing! But we bought it and it has been a happy house ever since.


  13. Vivian Zems
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 18:11:09

    At last , and place of sanctuary -away from spooky scary windy, stories. Nice one….love.


  14. Beverly Crawford
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 18:47:03

    Snug and safe are synonymous with home. This quadrille left me with a warm fuzzy feeling!


  15. Truedessa
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 20:05:36

    That house is truly a home.


  16. maria
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 23:23:36

    Aww.. “Love lives here.” love this line!


  17. Janice
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 23:38:12

    A beautiful home and poem you have created.


  18. sarahsouthwest
    Oct 24, 2017 @ 02:43:37

    How lovely. I’m sure your home loves you back!


  19. Laura Bloomsbury
    Oct 24, 2017 @ 06:43:29

    love how you used the negative of the prompt to create such a positive place


  20. Imelda
    Oct 25, 2017 @ 20:20:13

    I want a house like that. 🙂


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 25, 2017 @ 20:27:57

      Bless your heart. Any house or apartment can be a home like that. All you need to do is to fill it with love and happiness and make people welcome. When I was in my early twenties, a co-worker spontaneously invited me to get apartment. It was a one room apartment with a combo kitchen/bedroom/living room with the bathroom at one end. She had made it so pleasant with not much money and she offered me chicken salad out of a plastic tub, spread in a bit dog bun and iced water with a slice of lemon to drink. It goes down as one of the most enjoyable meals and times I have had in my life. I learned a lot from Cynthia that night. The lesson stayed with me all these years.


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