She was legs, hips, breasts, and bone.
Same as a cow,
worth less perhaps.
Dredged up words
from the dark well of your mouth,
not ancient, just old.
curled around the syllable.
you are wearing history
with no place here.
Tonight’s Quadrille prompt from the bar is the word ‘Ace’. I did a bit of a google search and discovered that in the middle ages, the word ‘ace’ could be used to be ‘of no worth’ or ‘bad luck’.
The last line of the first stanza really got me. And that “hiss,/curled around the syllable.” Wonderful.
Thank you. The quadrille is always such a great fun to experiment with.
I like it when the research is done; makes the piece both authentic and original.
Thank you Glenn. I do love a bit of research.
Incisive and potent.
You are welcome.
Good take. The first stanza kept me laughing.
Thank you Mary, I’m glad I could make you laugh.
From bovine beauty to hiss curled around an Ace, perfection!
Thank you Beverly.
Oof. Well constructed – there’s a lot more here than 44 words.
Thank you Nora, I’m glad you enjoyed it. An ‘oof’ is always a fantastic response to get to a poem.
geez. the history you dug created a haunting feel for this poem. beautiful!
Thank you. It can be really interesting what you can find just by a single google search.
ah. it’s a treasure trove of data, some good, some bad!
Now that was low! Interesting take on “ace” for sure 🙂
It’s not one I’d come across before so it was fun to play with. Could have been a much longer poem in fact.
Yes, sometimes I feel like a quadrille is a brief introduction…
Excellent. Hints at much, and tells us more than just the words on the page.