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. lillian May 30, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    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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    • mandibelle16 May 30, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks Lilian. I think the good and the light always triumph over darkness in the end. That was what I was trying to show. Thanks so much for reading.

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      • mandibelle16 May 30, 2017 / 9:51 pm

        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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    • mandibelle16 May 31, 2017 / 10:18 am

      Thank you Sumona. After the night is always the dawn. Good always triumphs in the end.


  2. kim881 May 31, 2017 / 12:38 am

    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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    • mandibelle16 May 31, 2017 / 10:14 am

      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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  3. Singledust May 31, 2017 / 3:44 am

    truth, beauty, good always triumph in the end, but the veil we must encounter first, we need strength, especially form words like these, lovely Mandibelle!

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    • mandibelle16 May 31, 2017 / 10:12 am

      Thanks SingleDust. You are right building strength is of the utmost importance. Happy you liked these words.

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    • mandibelle16 May 31, 2017 / 10:07 am

      Thank you Beverly. I have no doubt in the end, it always will.


    • mandibelle16 May 31, 2017 / 9:57 am

      Thank you. In some this element seems to disturb. But I wanted to make that seem really bad to contrast with the light and the hope at the end. Glad you stopped by 🙂


  4. Jade M. Wong May 31, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Very interesting take on the gift prompt! A darker perspective but well written as always Mandi 🙂

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  5. sanaarizvi May 31, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Deliciously dark and brooding! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • mandibelle16 May 31, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      Thank’s so much. Since I discovered these quadrilles a few weeks ago, I really love the form.


    • mandibelle16 May 31, 2017 / 10:10 pm

      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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