tir na nog

Every Quadrille prompt we offer a challenge to write ‘one with all the words’

This week the challenge is to use these 30 words in the 44 word poem.

dance, lull, bubble, grin, melt, shimmer, twist, skip, green, breeze, spill, rose, journey, jar, leaves, open, shadow, cloud, spark, cue, breath(e), scar, curl, whisper, dawn, ghost, giggle, spring, balloon, drizzle.


could you


ghost spill dawns rose curl(ed) bubble(s)

as some tiny balloon drizzle(d) clouds

from a jar of cool green breath(ed) shadow


would you


spark-dance a journey by lull(ing) shimmer(ed) melts

to skip open spring’s infectious giggling grin

and twist the breeze


will you



12 thoughts on “tir na nog

  1. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Incredible use of dozens of Q-words, creating a multi-layered Zen odyssey it seems–showing sterling creativity & muscular tenacity; good on you.

  2. emilie jung says:

    Oh Paul, that title! It took me straight to that beautiful scene in Titanic where the mom is trying to paint a beautiful scene for her children … as they sink. 😦 But still, it’s such a touching moment of motherly love and sacrifice, so I read this poem as her trying to be lighthearted with her children, despite all the suffering.

    “lulling shimmered melts” … love

    Also “twist the breeze.” Fantastic.

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