heart ~ a quadrille

mystic fire dances
to thunderclaps
and swings with the zephyrs
that lyrically lure
my heart
running off with caprice
to realms yet unknown,
trying on silly identities,
slipping into colourful skins,
spritzing wild perfume of possibility
thumbing a ride
on this journey called life


Mindfills for dVerse’s quadrille hosted by DeJackson – heart & Go Dog go Cafe’s Tuesday writing prompt – fire, mystic, identity by Frazier and Amanda

sky stays ~ a kasa

sky stays blue, bathing the pond
a cloud drifts past hurriedly

etched on a park bench are our letters
random signs of the universe

midnight pauses as if she cares
which stars to pick for today

you don't notice when I'm here
you won't notice when I'm gone


dVerse’s Poetics – hosted by Sanaa – The korean Kasa. Thank you Sanaa for introducing this poetic form on dVerse 🙏 & for Eugi’s weekly prompt – midnight

The elements of the Kasa, (song-words) are:

1. syllabic, 7-syllable lines broken by caesura into alternating groups of 3 and 4 syllables or 8 syllable lines broken by caesura into equal 4 syllable phrases.  These options are guides with variables at the discretion of the poet.  

2. strophic.  Groups of variable numbers of lines as opposed to uniform stanzas.

3. content is described or exposed through parallels. This is the heart of the form.

4. written from unrequited love, patriotism, daily life, nostalgia, etc

I was curious to know why there’s not much on this poetry form. A wordpress site has this to say about the gasa/kasa.

Isn’t it pretty to think so ~ a dandizette

one happily ever after
the only place to go
just the two of us together
isn’t it pretty to think so
when we close our eyes
and imagine our forever

when we laugh without knowing why
and open every door
to let all of the love inside
our universe of crayon dreams
~a home called you and I
it is as simple it seems

the only place to go
when we close our eyes
and open every door
~a home called you and I
isn’t just pretty to think so
It is the only place I know

Mindfills for

Cee’s FOTD

dVerse PoeticsOne true sentence, hosted by Ms Jade Li. She asks us to write a poem inspired by a sentence that Hemmingway wrote. I chose this one.

Isn’t it pretty to think so
–The Sun Also Rises (1926)

I tried a new poetry form called the Dandizette described on poetscollective.com as

3 six line stanzas
the form is partially inspired by the villanelle, and features a tricky repetition of four refrain lines in the final stanza.
the syllable count for the first twostanzas  is  8/6/8/8/6/8.
The last stanza has lines of  6/6/6/6/8/8 syllables.
The rhyme scheme is ababcb cbcdcd bcbcee. (ababcbcbcdcdbcbcee)
The final stanza is composed of lines 2, 5, 8, 11 from the previous two stanzas, plus a concluding rhyming couplet.

you and I ~ a trimeric

look into my eyes 
turn the pages of my mind
watch the words tessellate
you and I

turn the pages of my mind
celebrate the poetry
rhyming our lives

watch the words tessellate
sync our worlds in song
Oh the lyrics feel just right

you and I
keep making up stories
in each other's eyes


Mindfills for
dVerse poetry form ~ Trimeric, hosted by Grace
Reena’s exploration challenge
Eugi’s weekly prompt ~ celebration

1. Trimeric has 4 stanzas
2. The first stanza has 4 lines
3. The other three stanzas have 3 lines each
4. The first line of each stanza is a refrain of the corresponding line in the first stanza (so 2nd stanza starts with the second line, third stanza starts with the third line, etc.).
5. The sequence of lines, then, is abcd, b – -, c – -, d – -. 

No other rules on line length, meter, or rhyme.

remains ~ candlelight

when winter whispers
endings of summer
when lush leaves turn brown
my dreams, they drown
my hopes, they hush
can’t feel much
and yet
beyond the end, love remains


Mindfills for

dVerse’s Sanaa Rizvi hosts Poetics – Exploring the realm of minimalistic photography. I’m exploring it in Candlelight – a poetry form of 17 lines, syllabic 5/5/5/4/4/3/2/2/2/1/1/1/1/1/1/1/7, rhymed aabbccxxxxxxxxxxx, x being unrhymed

left ~ a quadrille

I left the right to wrong
swerved by a surge of sentiment
or the caprice of insanity perhaps
when just for a mote of a moment
whites and blacks smudged
boundaries and barriers
I found myself
fallen but free
to err
to be human

Mindfills for

dVerse’s Mish hosts the quadrille ~ a poem of 44 words using the word ‘smudge’

A funny thing happened today.  Words on my screen said ” live the life you love”. They made their way, in a dizzy dyslexic dance, into my brain as ” live the lie you love” … and well, changed my world view and inspired this quadrille 😃

a map to the next world

It’s been forever. It’s been just two days. Thoughts have become shifty, evasive, like a lover with a change of heart. Words, Oh words that once tessellated, finding the sweet spot, now drift, away, from me, and from each other. I got the blues. The deepest of blues…the writer’s block.

“Have you ever gone diving for pearls?”, the wise voice whispered from the wilderness of my wandering mind. “You don’t know where, when, why or even if you’ll find that oyster…and if has a pearl…and if it is big…and if…Just know this, you with the words and the thoughts, you with the wanting to go somewhere, you with the worlds inside of you, you without a map…., crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end. There is a journey and there is you.”

Mindfills for

dVerse’s Merril hosts the Prosery challenge ~ to write a piece of prose inspired by poetry – “Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end.” from Jo Harjo’s “A Map to the Next World.”

MindLoveMisery’s Neeraj hosts a photo contest

into a mango ~ Huitain poetry

fit mango in your palm and squeeze
squishing the insides into mush
now bite the tip with practiced ease
as sweetness oozes in a rush
to smear your lips with orange slush
which drips down your palm, then elbow
and now you feel a foolish flush
just halfway into a mango

Mindfills for

dVerse – Tuesday Poetics hosted by Kim. How to cut a pomogranate…a fruity prompt 🙂

I’m trying a new form of poetry from Go Dog Go Cafe – hosted by Donna Matthews – Huitain poetry – a derivative of the French ballade
8-line stanza
ababbcbc rhyme scheme
Usually 8 to 10 syllables per line

curious ~ a quadrille

I’m curious…
where will my words wander
what thoughts will string me along
which lines will rhyme or will not
Oh why did I choose to write about
what is inside my head
when there are a million other worlds
I can write about


Mindfills for

dVerse quadrille hosted by De Jackson of whimsygizmo ~ a curiousity of poems