Here’s welcoming you to the beginning of the week and, of course, to the dVerse Poets Pub, which is now open! It’s Kim from writinginnorthnorfolk.com bringing you the Quadrille, when we take any meaning of one word and transform it into 44 poetic words.

Today, as this year is the 50th anniversary of the release of ‘Sgt.  Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ by The Beatles, I would like you to write a poem of exactly 44 words (not counting your title), including the word pepper.


forty four words

a quadrille must make


around this wee form

the words they must snake


build them with rhythm

like some rapping stepper


sprinkle them now

with salt and some pepper


the problem i face

is finishing up


so that’s why it’s abrupt.



22 thoughts on “abrupt(ion)

  1. Waltermarks says:

    It does kind of cut you off a little, doesn’t it? I think I could maybe make it better with 55 words, or maybe 65, ha ha. I like the way you chopped it up, and it fit just right

  2. Janice says:

    That is a challenge of the quadrille — balancing beginning middle and end in a slightly bigger than micro space— I like the rhythm and momentum you got going in this one.

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