Quadrille: Winter whispers

A quadrille (44 words) for the dVerse challenge.


Winter whispers in the sedge

at river’s edge

where cold mist lies

and robin flies.

Frost clings white

to winter night

and breaks the dawn

in sun’s rays shorn

of all their gold.

In colours bold,

when wild geese cry,

spring, paint the sky!



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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

25 thoughts on “Quadrille: Winter whispers”

  1. Lovely, Jane. I like the rhyme and also the rhythm, like the tides.
    Although it’s actually fairly mild here right now, I’m sure we’ll get a winter blast again before long. I’m ready for spring, too.

  2. It’s not easy to bring in rhyme, especially when your lines are so short, without sounding like a nursery-song, but you achieve a subtle and charming effect. And I see you are based in France? I was living there until 5 months ago and miss it so…

      1. I was living in Rhone-Alpes, just outside Geneva, and have now moved back to the UK. I miss the mountains, especially in winter, and I went to Bordeaux last summer and loved it.

      2. I can imagine living among mountains must be hard to get over. Bordeaux is an attractive city but it’s become so popular they’re building up and out and over everything. Lots of the quirky abandoned places are being gentrified. I miss the mess.

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