With Head In Hand

For Kerry’s Camera Flash Prompt on Real Toads. The form is a Quadrille, a poem of exactly 44 words, created by the poets at dVerse Poets Pub. usually a Quadrille consists of a prompted word. Today it consists of a photo.

With Head in Hand
I give you my thoughts and dreams.
I wish I could give you my heart
But alas,
I would die without it.
So I give you my visions,
My dreams,
My words,
My poetry, my heresy.
I give you the best that I have.

Bizarre pictures show 19th century photoshopping


30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sanaarizvi
    Nov 03, 2018 @ 16:13:56

    A fabulous take on the picture Toni! ❤️


  2. SatyaPriya
    Nov 03, 2018 @ 17:04:53



  3. Brendan
    Nov 03, 2018 @ 17:10:53

    That’s a trooper. I wonder if we all don’t whisper this, returning to the Imaginary Garden with our next poem.


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 03, 2018 @ 18:41:20

    I wonder too… it sounds like this is the best we can give, and we continue giving… but maybe we are carving little piece of our heart every time…


  5. Shawna
    Nov 03, 2018 @ 20:54:20

    “So I give you my visions,
    … my heresy.
    I give you the best that I have.”

    WOW. I LOVE that!!!


  6. oldegg
    Nov 03, 2018 @ 22:41:19

    Stupid heart beating faster when love is involved whilst the brain controls all and even today we persist with that misnomer, whilst more obvious indicators are ignored.


  7. Jim
    Nov 04, 2018 @ 01:15:19

    All of what I have is mine is yours except for my heart. Yours to have and hold, except for my heart.


  8. Kerry
    Nov 04, 2018 @ 03:31:18

    I think this is an excellent interpretation of the photo! Really well done.


  9. kim881
    Nov 04, 2018 @ 04:38:01

    ‘With Head in Hand’ – a brilliant title, Toni, and very Oscar Wilde. I especially love the lines:
    ‘My poetry, my heresy.
    I give you the best that I have’.


  10. Vivian Zems
    Nov 04, 2018 @ 13:29:09

    So inspiring! It reads like a prayer..somehow. Beautiful!


  11. Pat: willow88switches
    Nov 04, 2018 @ 13:53:35

    poetry as heresy? I really like the idea – and I think this is just so apt and well placed in this poem …. and as others have noted, a very cool reading of the image – it has a distinct flavour to it – I suspect perhaps, Wilde was more than walking with the title in hand, and yet, the words are still yours.


    • kanzensakura
      Nov 04, 2018 @ 13:55:54

      Thank you Pat. I did study Wilde in detail and wrote in his style some poems and of course, the Dorian Grey Series for my MFA. I didn’t intend to put Oscar in the title but then, he shows up when he will.


  12. Charmed Chaos
    Nov 04, 2018 @ 15:28:57

    Really beautiful write Toni.And I love the title.


  13. Sherry Blue Sky
    Nov 04, 2018 @ 17:41:43

    THIS is WONDERFUL! You do give the best that you have, when you give those things.


  14. Wendy Bourke
    Nov 04, 2018 @ 19:14:02

    Awesome! You have written to the prompt eloquently – and pinned your words brilliantly – and movingly – to an intriguing, nuanced title.


  15. Mary
    Nov 04, 2018 @ 21:53:12

    Ah, I like your poem. Less gruesome than many of the contributions. Smiles. Visions, dreams, and words are good gifts!


  16. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Nov 04, 2018 @ 22:52:56

    Oh, that’s such a great take on this prompt!


  17. KB
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 00:52:18

    With head in hand, chuckling here


  18. coalblack
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 15:02:02

    I like your approach to the photo, Toni. It’s like a mini-manifesto.


  19. magicalmysticalteacher
    Dec 10, 2018 @ 21:17:56

    When we give the best that we have, surprising things can happen. Surprisingly good things.


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