The Scarecrow

De hosts Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. We are to use the word “quiver” or a form of the word, in the body of a quadrille. Quadrille: a poem of exactly 44 words, sans title. I have done a combination of gogyohka and haiku. A quadrille is a poem, in any form, of exactly 44 words sans title using the given word by the prompter. A gogyohka is a five line Japanese form of poetry; it is five lines long. The only rule is that each line must be a phrase.


The Scarecrow
“We must all make do with the rags of love we find flapping on the scarecrow of humanity.” –  Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus

endless rows of dried cornstalks whisper
in the chill autumn wind –
a hunt lost beagle quivers as
I bend down to pet it.
It wags its tail as it follows me home.

a scarecrow almost
shredded – flaps its arms in the wind –
waving goodbye

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 15:15:51

    I really love the scenery you paint… it sounds like a good thing to bring the little beagle home… maybe it puts an end to the hunting as well


  2. whimsygizmo
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 15:19:53

    Love learning new-to-me forms, Toni. Thank you! This is just gorgeous. Such vivid imagery here.


  3. Linda Lee Lyberg
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 15:47:05

    I love the scene you set here Toni!


  4. Frank Hubeny
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 15:49:55

    I like the rescue of that beagle.


  5. Jane Dougherty
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 15:55:50

    I love all of this, it hangs together so well. Did you know Frank Tassone’s haikai challenge prompt word this week is scarecrow?


  6. Glenn A. Buttkus
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 16:02:15

    Yes, indeed, love comes in many forms, some tattered, shredded, just shards olf emotion. This tiny love scenario is like taking a spider outside rather than stepping on it.


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 21, 2019 @ 16:33:31

      Even a big spider outside. I keep two special jars for capturing spiders and putting them outside. They scare the bejabbers off me though.

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  7. kim881
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 16:06:49

    I still haven’t tried a gogyohka yet, and I admire this gogyohka quadrille very much, especially the endless rows of whispering cornstalks, which sets the scene so well. We used to have a lovely beagle living in our village. He was friends with my little Jack Russell cross, Jasper, but both are sadly long gone.


  8. lillian
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 16:12:13

    “a hunt lost beagle quivers” —- oh, anyone who has owned dogs and/or lived in the country during, for example, pheasant hunting season, can understand this statement so well. The shot guns sounding off, the cool crisp air, and the beagle quivering. Such great description here…and in the haiku as well. Somehow I’ve always found scarecrows as rather sad creatures…the raggedy ending of the harvest and that waving goodbye to the season.


  9. msjadeli
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 16:56:37

    Toni, I love that beginning quote. Your poem is so tender in all aspects and brings tears to my eyes.


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 21, 2019 @ 17:13:08

      Oh Lisa, there were always lost hunt dogs showing up, ragged and hungry. We were able to return some dogs and their owners always got a lecture from my mother or father.

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      • msjadeli
        Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:35:56

        My stepfather’s dad kept hunting dogs in a small cage in his garage, where “the tools” were brought out to serve a function and then returned to the cage afterwards. This place I’m in now has a cage just like that in the garage. Can’t think of anything more callous, except maybe chaining dogs outside to a house and forgetting about them except for once a day when they were fed. That’s what our dogs were when my mom and stepdad got married. Now that he’s gone, my mom has a shih tzu that is pampered like there is no tomorrow.


        • kanzensakura
          Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:39:44

          I feel sorry for these animals. I mean, they’re just dogs, right? I ended up stealing a dog from a house, that I had reported several times for them not having water, food, or a shelter for the dog. I watche the dog getting thinner and sicker as the months went by. Finally I had enough. I arranged with a friend out in the country together we stole the dog when the “humans” went away for a few days. The dog lived a long time after that, happy, fed, and loved. I don’t regret it a bit.

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          • msjadeli
            Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:42:52

            Toni, bless your heart for nabbing the pooch. There used to a be a lady who worked for the humane society here that would nab dogs like that when she got the calls. The worst torture in the world for a dog is to be forgotten 😦


  10. Misky
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 17:21:28

    Such a wonderful scene described!


  11. Candace
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:49:46

    This has a melancholy Autumn feel.


  12. Grace
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 19:08:53

    I love that rescue of the a hunt lost beagle following you home.


  13. Frank J. Tassone
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 19:54:57

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #9: Toni Spencer’s latest #gogyohka #haiku #quadrille for #dVersePoets #QuadrilleMonday!


  14. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Oct 22, 2019 @ 14:16:40

    Beagles aren’t the easiest of dogs, but they love with their whole heart. Such an endearing poem, sense of scenery and a lovely moment in time.


  15. little learner
    Oct 22, 2019 @ 16:26:32

    Great imagery. I love the idea of the scarecrow waving goodbye.


  16. Ayala Zarf
    Oct 23, 2019 @ 06:34:15

    Love this piece!


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