dVerse: Poem – Quadrille – “The Sweetest Gift” #amwriting #poetry #dVerse

Thanks to Lillian from dVerse Poet’s Pub for hosting today’s poetic prompt. Today’s prompt is a gift or present in whatever context. 


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An ungift, poisonous —

Vapid utterance. 

Putrid alleys, 

Unimaginable  stench. 

Monstrosity of curses, 

Needles pricking, 

Drugs without euphoria.

No blissful visions, 

No ethereal weightlessness. 

Only a voracious appetite, 

Incantations of demons. 

Should’ve kept, 

Your pitch black prayers. 

Piercing flames of candle flicker, 

Enlightens fractured hearts. 

Smoke of holy incense. 

Healing through illumination, 

The sweetest gift.


©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved. 



31 thoughts on “dVerse: Poem – Quadrille – “The Sweetest Gift” #amwriting #poetry #dVerse”

  1. From the dark side….I choose to believe the lines
    “Smoke of holy incense.
    Healing through illumination,
    The sweetest gift.” have a positive bent to them.
    Very interesting take on the prompt.

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      1. Yes I agree. There’s a verse from
        a John Donne poem that is very apt “. . . [T]hough truth and falsehood be near twins, yet truth a little elder is.” – Satire III.
        I learned it a university class studying Paradise Lost and other Renaissance Literature, one of my favourite classes. The line has always stood out to me, as the prof intended in the class. It was a theme I guess you’d say.
        Thanks again 🙂

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  2. I love how you play with the word and twisteit into ‘ungift’, which looks and sounds poisonous! The list of dark things: the alleys, the stench, the curses, needles, drugs, incantations of demons all contribute to the ugliness of the ungift – and then you turn it around with the final lines, so sweet after all the darkness.

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    1. Hi Kim. You understand it exactly. There are truly wicked and terrible things in this world ‘ungifts’ but the thing is light and the good will always overcome them. Gifts of a stronger nature more ancient than that of evil. Thank you for reading and stopping by 🙂

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    1. Thank so much. I’m happy you enjoyed. It’s a gem of quote hidden in the poem Sonnet III by Donne, but has such a significance in the time period, well anytime period right?


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