Forever stuck in stagnant marshlands,
we’re tied to routines, ruts to nowhere
still and stale, no breeze, static. moored
we’re, muted, we’re bored — Oh Lord
please send us tempests, gales
and hand us plight of snow and hale.
send adventures, but please, no wars.

The Quadrille today is hosted by Mish at dVerse, and the word is static.

“That which is static and repetitive is boring. That which is dynamic and random is confusing. In between lies art.” ~ John Locke

May 2, 2022

20 responses to “Stagnant

  1. Oh, yes, I so agree!

    The ships moored made me think of my grandfather telling me that when he came to the US as a boy, they couldn’t leave the harbor in Trieste for awhile because of the weather.

  2. Aww, my heart sank at the ending. “Stagnant” is a good way to sum up humanity these days. I like the natural elements you used to convey it.

  3. This shows your mastery Bjorn, and I mean that. If you write a poem with barely any constraints, sure, you will come up with the goods, very nicely, however, told to write only 44 words with static a key word, and that is when you show us what you are made of…no boring hundrum metre, no lack of denouement, no, we have two sharp turns here and a tail a scorpion would be proud of. Very nicely done.

  4. The opening set-up of routines as stagnant marshland brings an implied smell to your poem that the word “static” can’t. Well done.

  5. Dark and moving. It triggered a second quadrille, on the topic of Lot’s Wife, frozen as she attempted to escape those wars.

  6. adventures but please no wars! OH yes. Also, your title was the word i was thinking of titling mine but i cannot dig my mind enough to find it.

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