Quadrille Monday: Kick

Monday it is Quadrille Monday. De is the pubtender. what is a quadrille? It is a poem of exactly 44 words, excluding the title. The quadrille must include a prompted word. today it is “kick” – kicked, kicking, kicks, kickle, a form of the word kick. Come join us for these fun and short poems.  The Pub opens at 3:00 pm EST Monday.

Kicking Leaves
I like my morning walks
especially in autumn –
leaves have fallen –
they lie stacked up on the sides of our lane.
I kick a group of them up in the air.
A snake goes flying.
Now, ain’t that a kick in the head?

copyright kanzen sakura

41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. X
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 12:02:22

    It is a beautiful time of year, especially with all the color in the trees – though it will soon be leaving. The cold rains this weekend took out a lot of the leaves in the back yard. It is like a box of crayons.

    I am rather fond of walks this time of year as well.

    Haha. My heart might have skipped a beat when the snake flew into the air. I am not scared of them, just wary. But what a surprise that would have been. He was obviously enjoying the autumn leafbeds and the bit of warmth under their blanket.


    • kanzensakura
      Nov 06, 2017 @ 15:13:36

      Yes. I have a feeling he thought he was safe and sound. It was a copperhead and boy, was he mad. I’m not frightened of them either but wary. I always take my sheathed sword with me both as a walking stick and as protection, although the fiercest thing I have encountered was the neighbor’s Pekingese. Yes, the leaves are like crayons or, piles of spices – cayenne, turmeric, paprika, ginger, cinnamon….I love the smells. Poor snake. I wouldn’t have killed it. I live and let live.


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 15:10:34

    I hope the snake fared well and you do… probably he was quite cold and stiff poor thing… but it must have scared you a lot. But kicking in leaves sounds like being child again.


  3. whippetwisdom
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 15:13:28

    Poor snake, having an innocent snooze among leaves – hope s/he is not concussed and had a soft landing! :o) xxx


  4. lillian
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 15:14:11

    Yeeeeeow! I’d be in shock and running back down the road in the opposite direction! A kick in the head indeed!


  5. sarahsouthwest
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 15:26:22

    Wow, that was unexpected! For me, for you, and for the poor old snake!


  6. whimsygizmo
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 15:27:40

    Teehee. Poor snake. 😉 Love this, Toni. I can feel those leaves under my feet.


  7. maggie
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 15:42:06

    Ha. That’s hilarious. Is this legit? Sounds like a very close call! Was it poisonous, you think?


    • kanzensakura
      Nov 06, 2017 @ 15:45:22

      Of course it is true. and yes, it was very poisonous – it was a copperhead. It was really made when it hit the ground, postured a bit and then slid off down into the ditch by our lane. I had my sheathed sword with me just in case – snakes and other critters (men) out here in the country. But I only use my sword as a walking stick. I wouldn’t have hurt the snake. I’d have used my sword to lift it and fling it. It was settling in for the winter, probably a female getting ready to lay eggs in a month or so. Live and let live is my motto.


      • maggie
        Nov 06, 2017 @ 16:05:52

        You are a freaking bad-ass. I would have totally freaked out and started squealing and hopping around like a nut-job. 🙂

        My husband thought I was a sweet angel when he met (and even married) me. But a few weeks in, we were out in the back yard messing around, and he thought it would be so hilarious to toss this (dead) snake at me. Well, I thought it was alive of course, so when it hit me, I screamed and threw a big fit. He started laughing, and (he still quotes me on this) I said, “That was such a shitty thing to do.” So I don’t think I had ever cursed around him before. He really did think I was a very good girl. After that, I started to let him see the truth, little by little. Now he knows I’m the devil. 😛


        • kanzensakura
          Nov 06, 2017 @ 16:21:14

          Nope, not a bad ass. Just a long time practitioner of bushido – I can’t imagine anyone thinking it is funny to throw a snake, dead or alive at someone. Glad you woke him up a bit.


  8. kim881
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 16:27:07

    One of my favourite things – right up there with splashing in puddles! Not sure about the snake, though. We don’t have many of them around here, just the odd adder in hot weather.


  9. Laura Bloomsbury
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 16:39:08

    A snake the colour of Autumn – makes kicking leaves an act of bravado. Amusing tail that kick


  10. Frank Hubeny
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 16:48:27

    One doesn’t know what is resting in a pile of leaves.


  11. Vivian Zems
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 17:25:22

    Oh my! Love the imagery…. I’ll go to sleep with the image of hapless snakes being kicked about. That snake must have got the shock of its life! I think I would have fainted on the spot….. or run into on-coming traffic!


  12. Grace
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 17:49:35

    I too love autumn walks but I will definitely jump out if I see a flying snake ~ Good one Toni ~


  13. Victoria C. Slotto
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 17:56:01

    Oh, mon Dieu. I’ve been raking leaves all morning and out to do another batch in a few. Not surprising, my poem goes with kicking leaves, too. Very fun quadrille.


  14. Frank J. Tassone
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 18:04:55

    Ah, how nature teaches us, one way or the other. Happy that you and the copperhead let it be! 🙂


  15. Glenn Buttkus
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 21:11:58

    Wonderful turn out, Toni, Copperhead–damn, they have those & coral snakes on the Gulf coast of TX, where my wife is from. A pile of leaves can mantle dead corpses or rodents or snakes; hate snakes and big spiders.


  16. Magaly Guerrero
    Nov 07, 2017 @ 01:08:52

    No, of course I didn’t step back back when I saw the snake. I’m much to brave for that. *cough*


  17. nosaintaugustine
    Nov 07, 2017 @ 12:18:09

    Ha! Nice ending- glad she didn’t come after you!


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