In the brief lull between two gales
we assess the damage,
pick up broken pot pieces,
retrieve the lid of the compost bin
and weigh it down with a rock;
hold our breath
in the forlorn hope
that Storm Imogen has shot her bolt.


For dVerse prompt to write a poem of exactly 44 words, incorporating the word ‘lull’.
You’re not going to believe this, but it’s true.  As I was posting this to my blog, it started to SNOW!

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29 Responses to Quadrille

  1. Named storms of Europe now..
    surprise Tornadoes
    in Winter
    of Florida too..
    Weather changes..
    And we survive on..:)

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  2. We are bracing for -20 to -30 temperatures this weekend! Yikes..
    I could really visualize your story, Viv and I like the phrasing of your poem. 🙂


  3. Bodhirose says:

    I love that last line too! Sorry about your run-ins with slushy, rain-dribbled snow, Viv. No, not pretty at all.


  4. tialys says:

    A horrible situation very eloquently put! It rained heavily here yesterday – if that makes you feel any better :/


  5. This is where I get my weather report from around the world. Sorry your weather has been so sorry. Ours thinks it’s spring! Way too early. Great poem though. You have such a way with words.

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  6. Well stated in poem here…forty four words spent well. Its amazing how powerful nature can be. Hope you stay safe and warm, Viv.

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  7. katechiconi says:

    What IS it with the weather everywhere this year…? Stay strong, Viv, this too will pass.

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  8. You have had a heck of a winter there in Normandie, haven’t you? Wind can be so damaging.


  9. That wind sounds awful. I can relate to the clean up afterwards.

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  10. whimsygizmo says:

    Ah, yes. I feel that quiet before the storm here, Viv. Batten down those hatches. Sending you sunshine and blue skies.


  11. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Excellent wordsmithing, Viv, a very strong tale of a dramatic lull; kudos & clapping.


  12. Snowong here too! Lovely, Viv!

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  13. Sumana Roy says:

    this lull moment, the wait is scary…

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  14. welshstream says:

    Love the everyday aspect of this captured by the compost bin lid – had to retrieve mine as well! – and the last line ‘shot its bolt’ … nice take

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  15. I almost wish for a snow storm… we have just grey clouds and drizzle… I recognize the part of securing for storm….


  16. Mary says:

    Yes, I empathize! We always hope that the worst is over! And are grateful when it really is.

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  17. ShirleyB says:

    Neat summary of the aftermath. It’s amazing how much info can go into 44 words 🙂

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  18. lillian says:

    Yeeeow….you describe that lull between two back-to-back storms so well. I’m reminded of the two hurricanes that hit Bermuda last year – back-to-back. Staying in Bermuda this Feb and March — Sunday night we had gale force winds with sheets and sheets of rain and thunder and lightning — and now we are lulled by sunnier skies but still high winds and….hoping no surprise ending!

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  19. Misky says:

    She was a whopper, for sure. Lots of fences down, and power’s still out in many places around Sussex. Due to freeze tonight.

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  20. Good grief!

    It’s sunny – gorgeous, actually – but freezing here today. yesterday, torrential rain. The day before, same as today. The day before, same as yesterday. I’m sensing a pattern.

    I like the poem.

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  21. Grace says:

    That must have been some snow storm Viv ~ We are in a midst of one ourselves here ~

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