The Wind is Eavesdropping

for Kim’s prompt at dVerse Poets Pub  We are to write a quadrille today – a poem of exactly 44 words, excluding the title and using the word given for the day – eavesdropping.  It jas been a long while since I have visited my old friends at dVerse as I have been grieving the death of my husband.  I have been writiing but not positing.  Today, this word was a sign – I have been working on a short poem with the word in it.  Hello fellow poets!  It is good to visit again.

The Wind is Eavesdropping
“The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer.” George R.R. Martin

The wind is eavesdropping on the trees
and the woodland creatures.
It listens as the squirrels
skitter and scamper
and prepare for fall.
Cold this twilight with
Venus burning bright.
The sun explodes in a pre-autumn
blue sky as the geese fly quickly southward.



25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robtkistner
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 17:03:25

    Toni, an gaging visual you’ve created here.


  2. robtkistner
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 17:03:45



  3. Glenn A. Buttkus
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 17:23:22

    The slight chill in the air, Fall spreading its tendrils surreptitiously, and the geese as honking heralds; wonderful. I liked the lines “cold this twilight, with Venus burning bright”. Nice to hear from you.


  4. Beverly Crawford
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 17:35:31

    Beautifully captures autumn!


  5. Lucy
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 18:42:31

    Beautiful and rich in imagery. Wow!


  6. Sherry Marr
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 18:52:41

    So lovely to read you, Toni. This is beautiful.


  7. Grace
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 19:46:38

    Autumn season is upon us too. Lovely to read you again Toni.


  8. msjadeli
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 19:57:20

    Nice one, Toni. The wind knows all…


  9. Ron.
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 20:06:22

    Sadly, it won’t be long now before we look up & see that southbound vee. Well done, Toni.


  10. lynn__
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 20:42:46

    Gorgeous quadrille, Toni!


  11. Pleasant Street
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 20:58:40

    I’m so sorry your husband died. I hope your writing is comforting.
    This little poem exploded with Autumn. Lovely


  12. Marie Elena
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 21:04:44

    Gorgeous. Even enchanting, right from the title. ❤


  13. Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 21:04:57

    Lovely! I love the idea of the wind eavesdropping on the trees. Welcome back!


  14. sanaarizvi
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 21:27:24

    This is gorgeous! 💝 I love the image of the sun exploding “in a pre-autumn blue sky.”


  15. Ingrid
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 23:27:21

    This gives me a chill of early autumn beauty, especially hearing those squirrels ‘skitter and scamper’ – lovely 🙂


  16. kim881
    Sep 08, 2020 @ 03:26:31

    What a joy it is to have you back, Toni, I’ve missed you and your poetry! I love that the prompt was a sign for you to join us for the quadrille this week. The title/opening line is perfect for the season, you’ve captured autumnal sounds in ‘skitter and scamper’. and the image in these lines is stunning:
    ‘The sun explodes in a pre-autumn
    blue sky as the geese fly quickly southward.’


  17. anmol(alias HA)
    Sep 08, 2020 @ 05:01:43

    Such wondrous images, Toni. I love the eavesdropping and the exploding.


  18. gillena cox
    Sep 08, 2020 @ 06:45:16

    Your words paint a lovely scene Toni. Thanks for dropping by to read mine



  19. lillian
    Sep 08, 2020 @ 09:03:36

    First and foremost, so WONDERFUL to see you here, Toni. I’ve truly missed you but utterly understand your absence.
    And your post today, is illustrative of why we’ve all missed you….your sense of elegance and beauty in describing the natural. This is just wonderful imagery of the coming autumn. Beautiful.


  20. othermary
    Sep 08, 2020 @ 10:47:07

    Beautiful description of the changing seasons, and I love the thought of the wind eavesdropping. 🙂


  21. merrildsmith
    Sep 08, 2020 @ 13:13:06

    Lovely poem, Toni–a perfect description of early autumn. I love that eavesdropping wind.


  22. Linda Lee Lyberg
    Sep 08, 2020 @ 14:22:11

    This is truly beautiful Toni.


  23. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 08, 2020 @ 15:35:07

    I love to see you back writing… this is so beautiful… I still feel that there is some summer left before we fall into autumn… but it’s soon here. I love the time of the year if it wasn’t for November approaching.


  24. purplepeninportland
    Sep 10, 2020 @ 14:16:16

    Autumn is beautifully present,so good to see you here, Toni!


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