streaks of cloud
in the sky
of the drifting
in your eyes,
of your spirit
that last visit,
before you died,
that I can’t abide
of your sweet,
Kim M. Russell, 30th November 2020
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Quadrille: The Dude Abides
Lisa is our host and she says that she ‘tried to think of a word for today’s quadrille prompt that would fit what each human on the planet is dealing with right now in some fashion in regards to the pandemic’ and what she has given us is ‘abide’, a verb with three distinct definitions. The first: “accept or act in accordance with” rules, decisions or recommendations. The second is: “be unable to tolerate” someone or something. The third is: “continue without fading or feeling lost” in regard to a feeling or memory. She says she could be wrong, ‘but it seems like each of us may be rotating through all three of the definitions over these past so many months’.
To illustrate these meanings and give us inspiration, Lisa has shared a poem by Jake Adam York, which has ‘Abide’ as its title, and ‘Monarchy’ by Emily Rosko, which has the word in the body of the poem, as well as an excerpt from the hymn ‘Abide With Me’.
Today’s challenge is to write a quadrille, a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), which must include the word ‘abide’.