Leaf Hagaki

Today is Quadrille Monday at dVerse.  What is a Quadrille?  It is a form unique to dVerse Poets pub consisting of exactly 44 words (excluding the title) and the chosen word.  Today Victoria is in charge of the Pub and has given us the word “poem” or variants of the word.  Come join us for these lovely short poems.

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Leaf Hagaki*
I carefully prick one word poems
on fallen leaves, letting the wind
take them where it will –
Postcards of joy, love, tolerance, hope.
I don’t expect a reply
but I let them loose anyway.
The silence between the falling of the leaves
is deafening.

* hagaki – Japanese for fragments of writing or postcards


36 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 16:07:00

    I especially love the deafening silence… but every good poem needs a pause.


  2. whippetwisdom
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 16:22:55

    A lovely quadrille Toni and the unconditional letting loose of poetry makes it a true gift :o) xxx


  3. jazzytower
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 16:41:19

    One word poem on fallen leaves…such a lovely thought!



  4. Laura Bloomsbury
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 16:55:33

    Sending messages to the wind – and am receiving them in the stillness you so deftly wove here


  5. wildchild47
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 16:58:45

    simply gorgeous and seductive in poetic reasoning, which means it speaks and moves from the heart – how brilliant!


  6. belle jars
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 16:58:52

    Fabulous ending: “The silence between the falling of the leaves
    is deafening.”


  7. Candy
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 16:58:53

    “I don’t expect a reply” This short line carries so much feeling.


  8. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 17:08:50

    What wonderful, hope-filled 44 words. that is sacred silence in between that you give back to nature. Who knows what the impact can bring. I love this one so much.


  9. whimsygizmo
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 17:18:21

    This is fantastic, Toni. I want to find some of those leaf-words. And some of that silence.


  10. phoartetry
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 18:00:32

    What a wonderful poem Toni.


  11. qbit
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 18:46:37

    “I carefully prick one word poems
    on fallen leaves” – that is a wonderful


  12. qbit
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 18:46:45



  13. rothpoetry
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 20:38:05

    I always love your unique perspective! One word poems on falling leaves… I love it!


  14. purplepeninportland
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 20:42:30

    Leaf poems, I love the idea. Oh that silence can be deafening.


  15. Frank Hubeny
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 21:02:04

    That’s an interesting idea to write poems on leaves.


  16. Arcadia Maria
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 21:14:39

    Lovely quadrille. Great imagery of releasing one word poems into the world, hoping for the best.


  17. D. Avery @shiftnshake
    Jan 30, 2018 @ 04:02:48

    It’s been said. So, wow.
    I am still following those leaves in flight, listening…


  18. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)
    Jan 30, 2018 @ 04:17:22

    One word poems on fallen leaves… sigh.. beautiful!❤️


  19. Jane Dougherty
    Jan 30, 2018 @ 05:04:03

    Such pathos in this!


  20. Gospel Isosceles
    Jan 30, 2018 @ 06:18:29

    I like the thought of letting loose poetry and being completely unattached and at peace that they’ll be carried to just the right soul.


  21. Vivian Zems
    Jan 30, 2018 @ 14:13:39

    I love that silence between falling leaves. Good one!


  22. merrildsmith
    Jan 30, 2018 @ 17:52:28

    This is beautiful, Toni. That silence!
    I really like this one.


  23. Beverly Crawford
    Jan 31, 2018 @ 11:38:50

    I love the concept of scripting hope and love on a leaf and releasing it to the autumn breezes. Beautiful thought!


  24. kim881
    Feb 01, 2018 @ 04:55:49

    Superb, Toni!


  25. Mary
    Feb 04, 2018 @ 14:09:58

    Joy / Love / Tolerance / Hope — indeed one word poems speak ever so clearly.


  26. Sherry Marr
    Feb 04, 2018 @ 14:10:38

    Love the photo and love the idea of one word poems on fallen leaves. How cool!


  27. Donna@LivingFromHappiness
    Feb 04, 2018 @ 14:41:35

    Absolutely brilliant and I love this form…will have to explore it more!


    • kanzensakura
      Feb 04, 2018 @ 15:19:49

      It is a form unique to dVerse Poets Pub, created by us for an anniversary. The form depends on a prompted word and is exactly 44 words I length, excluding the title. I’m glad you enjoyed this!

      Sent from Mail for Windows 10


  28. belle jars
    Feb 04, 2018 @ 15:43:58

    This is so gorgeous. I’m going to have to do this with my children.


  29. Susan
    Feb 04, 2018 @ 21:00:41

    If only we could expect an answer! Very lonely poem.


  30. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Feb 05, 2018 @ 00:17:20

    Oh, this is so utterly gorgeous in every way!


  31. mhmp77
    Feb 05, 2018 @ 04:57:13


    The silence between the falling
    of the leaves is deafening.

    It foretells of good times ahead that want to be heard but not just yet! Great quadrille Toni!



  32. Ayala
    Feb 05, 2018 @ 06:11:08

    Indeed words that need to inhibit our world. Powerful.


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