dVerse Poets: Quadrille

Today De is hosting the pub at dVerse for Quadrille Monday. Her word is “bounce”. Or bouncer, bouncing, bounced, etc. A Quadrille must have exactly 44 words (excluding the title) and the word for the day. I had heard through the years of frozen soap bubbles. I was intrigued. It is 18F today down here in the Sunny South. So I blew soap bubbles. I was so intrigued I did not take pictures. The bubbles were so fragile they only lasted a few second before they shattered anyway. This is also posted on Real Toads In Imaginary Gardens for its Tuesday Platform.

Frozen Bubbles
Sitting on my back steps
blowing bubbles –
It is 18F degrees –
The bubbles freeze.
They lift off my blower –
They float –
No bouncing on the grass,
no lifting their way to heaven.
a few seconds before they shatter.
Ephemeral beauty – fragile – gone!

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36 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. whimsygizmo
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 14:38:13

    Ooh, my goodness! This poem is a fragile in its beauty as that bubble. I SO want to do this, someday! Maybe some winter in Tahoe, it will be cold enough. We are 58 degrees today, here in the Vegas area, and holding strong.


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 15:13:37

    Love this.. sounds like a perfect thing to play… not cold enough here… not even freezing… a beautiful bubble you picture


  3. annell4
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 15:16:53

    I have two bottles sitting on the bookshelf, waiting for just the right day. Sounds like you found your’s. xoxo


  4. kim881
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 15:23:19

    You have captured the fragility of frozen bubbles, Toni!
    We have a bubble machine at the library for Bounce and Rhyme and I used it last week when I read a bubble story about Hugh Shampoo. The little children loved it.


  5. rothpoetry
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 15:25:13

    Wonderful…just like us! What a creative idea! Great post.


  6. Linda Kruschke
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 15:39:14

    Sounds beautiful, but I’m thankful it’s not cold enough here to experience this first hand.


  7. sarahsouthwest
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 15:41:01

    Wow. I would love to have a go at that. I love the fragility of this poem.


  8. Jane Dougherty
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 15:41:55

    What a lovely, unexpected image!


  9. Frank J. Tassone
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 15:49:14

    An evocative capture of the transience of life, Toni!


  10. Victoria Young
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 16:13:31

    Never thought of doing that – how beautiful!


  11. whippetwisdom
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 16:14:32

    I love those bubbles and it looks like so much fun to do – it hasn’t been cold enough here. Keep warm and much love from all of us here :o) xxx


  12. Charmed Chaos
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 17:01:37

    I bet they are lovely. I’ve never lived anywhere cold enough to experience bubbles freezing. Thank you for sharing!


  13. MarinaSofia
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 17:05:08

    Is that for real? It sounds absolutely captivating – and makes you even more aware of the fragility of the world.


  14. Bev
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 17:08:18

    A fascinating experiment and reminder of the fragility of life. Good write!


  15. wolfsrosebud
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 17:22:00

    What a fun thing to try.


  16. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 17:25:52

    This is an extraordinary example of fragility and beauty. 18 degrees. Sorry to tell you, it’s 80 here, in the shade. Crazy, heh?


  17. Sanaa Rizvi
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 18:00:25

    Such a stunning image, Toni ❤️ It reminds me of the fragility of life 😊


  18. Frank Hubeny
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 18:29:56

    I’ve never tried blowing bubbles in freezing temperature.


  19. Arcadia Maria
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 20:05:19

    Great imagery in this piece. Beautifully written.


  20. revivedwriter
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 20:05:22

    Such interesting images of bubbles! Thanks for this new way of seeing them.


  21. Janice
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 22:25:54

    What a fun experiment…and I enjoyed the bounce of your poem 🙂


  22. Laura Bloomsbury
    Jan 16, 2018 @ 09:06:17

    shattering bubbles – such a gorgeous sound you conjured


  23. blak asper
    Jan 16, 2018 @ 14:33:02

    No way! That is incredible! How gorgeous.


    • kanzensakura
      Jan 16, 2018 @ 20:30:37

      Yes way! I learned of this during an extra education course in the effects of cold and “treated” water. I kept waiting until the air was bitter cold, dry, and still enough to try it. I was amazed..


  24. georgeplace2013
    Jan 17, 2018 @ 10:31:36

    The fragility of beauty and joy… but worth it. I want to try this someday.


  25. purplepeninportland
    Jan 17, 2018 @ 20:00:00

    Now I have to try this. Sounds wonderful.


  26. mhmp77
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 01:59:50


    The bubbles freeze.
    They lift off my blower –
    They float – and…freeze.

    Never thought such a thing could happen. Fascinating info, Toni!



    • kanzensakura
      Jan 18, 2018 @ 09:17:14

      I didn’t either Hank. But at 5-10F, by bubbles freeze. I had heard about this in a continuing education course for engineers. It finally got cold enuff I could this. Wow!

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