Quadrille Monday: Rock

Today Mish is in charge of prompting for the Quadrille.  What is a quadrille?  It is a form unique to the dVerse Pub. It has exactly 44 words, excluding the title and it must use the prompted word in the body of the poem.  Not a representation or definition of the word, but the word itself.  I have been going through a lot of changes.  I have been thinking that most of what I write is crap.  Plain and simple. It is part of the process  –  some of it is actually good.  So today I am writing my manifesto in 44 words using the word “rock”.  That is the prompted word:  rock.  Use it, skip it, throw it, paint it, build with it, dance to it, build a fire with it.

throwing rocks
A boy with a rock slew a giant years ago.
What is your giant?
What will you slay today?
Intolerance? Racism? Hunger?
Sexual abuse? Animal cruelty?
My poems are my rocks.
I am letting them loose today.
Let loose the brave poems.
*Yūkan’na koto.

*Japanese for: be brave as in bushido

piles of rocks in Japan – public domain photo

61 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. alisonhankinson
    Nov 20, 2017 @ 13:56:30

    He did well with his rock….I fear I would need mighty boulders at the moment and they are too heavy for me to lift..XXXXXX

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  2. X
    Nov 20, 2017 @ 15:16:10

    Proud of you.

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  3. Gospel Isosceles
    Nov 20, 2017 @ 15:20:08

    I think it was Madeleine L’Engle who said something like, if in the beginning she knew what a bold thing it was to write, she would have been to terrified to start.

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  4. Jane Dougherty
    Nov 20, 2017 @ 15:26:04

    I think I’ll try throwing a few surface to air missiles.

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  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 20, 2017 @ 15:48:06

    I think there have been a few who forgets about glass house before throwing the rock though.

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  6. Victoria C. Slotto
    Nov 20, 2017 @ 16:30:49

    Great metaphor. I guess we weaklings can’t lift the boulders around us, only the little pebbles that are within reach. And prayer.

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  7. sarahsouthwest
    Nov 20, 2017 @ 16:31:31

    If nothing else, you’re making ripples. Great energy here. Some giants need slaying.

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  8. Frank Hubeny
    Nov 20, 2017 @ 17:02:33

    I like the idea of poems being brave rocks to throw.

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  9. Glenn Buttkus
    Nov 20, 2017 @ 17:28:28

    As you know, /my poems are my rocks/, arrows, barbs, and I’ve never been shy to throw them into the fray or the abyss. You rocked the prompt, producing cohesion and provoking thoughts.

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    • kanzensakura
      Nov 20, 2017 @ 17:33:24

      Thank you Glenn. I actually had you in mind when I wrote this. You know I am not into political rants and I always try to be positive but…feel free to critique my poems. You don’t always have to be nice. Yes we all need validation and to be honest I am considering taking the comment box off my poems. I realize most of my stuff has been crap and I heartily and sincerely thank you for all of the kind and positive comments you have made on my poetry.

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  10. Frank J. Tassone
    Nov 20, 2017 @ 19:19:29

    A well-placed rock felled Goliath, and so many words-as-rocks have shattered the glass houses of hubris of so many. Keep slinging, poet!

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  11. Grace
    Nov 20, 2017 @ 19:24:33

    I like the reminder to slay the giants of negativity and racism ~ For me, its a reminder to be kind to everyone ~ Let them loose ~

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  12. Mish
    Nov 20, 2017 @ 20:01:13

    Poetry gives us a voice and the power to use it like little feathers in the wind or like a rock slinging, high flinging machine.Your poetry is far from ****….can’t even say that word in the same sentence as your poetry. Dear lady, you inspire me with your work. I like to think I let loose too within a poem, shed light on my thoughts, opinions, with a little rant now and then. Here’s to brave poems!

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  13. Arcadia M
    Nov 20, 2017 @ 21:05:43

    Nicely done.

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  14. revivedwriter
    Nov 20, 2017 @ 23:59:24

    Yes! I love the idea of our poems being our rocks with which we slay injustice.

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    • kanzensakura
      Nov 21, 2017 @ 00:14:39

      Another writer suggested that she throw up surface to air missiles! I’d prefer to let loose a special gas that causes us to be nice to each other. Alas, I don’t think that will ever happen.

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  15. Vivian Zems
    Nov 21, 2017 @ 06:20:50

    Great battle cry!

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  16. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala)
    Nov 21, 2017 @ 09:05:00

    My poems are my rocks.
    I am letting them loose today.
    Let loose the brave poems.

    Let them have their say! We give vent to those voicing out against all the woes of human weaknesses and failures! Yes, Toni, there are lots to be said!

    Hank

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  17. lynn__
    Nov 21, 2017 @ 11:43:42

    This stirred me, Toni! I would like to see the giant abortion industry fall and the shedding of innocent blood end! Women are its victims too.

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    • kanzensakura
      Nov 21, 2017 @ 11:54:04

      Sad but true and it is a big business. I personally don’t believe in abortion except in certain cases. But I also believe in freedom of choice for the women to decide for themselves. Kind of a mixed bag, hey?

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      • lynn__
        Nov 21, 2017 @ 11:58:31

        Thanks for your reply! I think we make the choice before conception what we do with our own bodies; afterwards, there is another body involved…basic biology.

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  18. coalblack
    Nov 21, 2017 @ 13:42:59

    That’s right! Tune up that arm and let fly!

    –coal (Fireblossom)

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    • kanzensakura
      Nov 21, 2017 @ 13:45:54

      I get lots of practice throwing rocks at the nightly invasion of raccoons storming the bastions if our trashcan…it is hard not to hit them, just bounce the rocks close to them.

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  19. merrildsmith
    Nov 21, 2017 @ 19:55:29

    It is important to speak out against hate, intolerance, etc. Throw those rocks!
    A character in a play I just saw set in Amsterdam just after WWII, reflects that she should have said spoken out–too little, too late.

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  20. purplepeninportland
    Nov 21, 2017 @ 20:38:31

    Throw with all your might!

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  21. whimsygizmo
    Nov 21, 2017 @ 22:24:44

    WONDERFUL, Toni.

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  22. kim881
    Nov 26, 2017 @ 07:32:12

    Don’t stop throwing your rocks, Toni!

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  23. Bernice
    Nov 26, 2017 @ 13:32:48

    Well done!

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