the delicate art of living–a quadrille at dVerse for Viv

Photo: David Slotto

Photo: David Slotto, Leucistic Hummingbird, April 2011

the delicate art of living
a quadrille for Viv

my heart follows
as she flits, dances
from flower to bud
sipping with joy
of life’s abundant nectar,

savoring each moment
of this brief séjour,
leaving behind
such sweetness of word-pollen,

placing with care each stitch
into the textured,
colorful fabric
of life’s journey

Today, our first day back at dVerse Poets’ Pub, we are thinking of our friend, Viv, who we lost while we were on break. The prompt is to write a Quadrille, a poem of exactly 44 words, that includes the word JOURNEY.

Some of Viv's Quilts found on her blog

Some of Viv’s Quilts found on her blog


41 thoughts on “the delicate art of living–a quadrille at dVerse for Viv

  1. munchkinontheroad says:

    Reblogged this on On the Road Cooking and commented:
    What a beautiful way to remember a friend.


  2. Truedessa says:

    This is so beautiful, you do have a way with heartfelt words. A loving tribute to a friend


  3. lynn__ says:

    Wonderful title and tribute in Viv’s memory…quilt photo is sentimental touch.


  4. Charley says:

    Indeed. Many of us have been cross-stitched by having met Viv. Lovely remembrance poem. If there are too many more, I may have to stop reading.


  5. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    I love the way you alluded to her quilting too.


  6. This is beautiful, Victoria. I especially like your second stanza. Word-pollen!


  7. Sherry Marr says:

    This is so beautiful. I love thinking of her flitting from joy to joy and leaving behind word pollen….just lovely.


  8. I particularly like the final stanza. I love the creativity in stitching a life.


  9. Imelda says:

    Lovely and delicate metaphor and remembrance. 🙂


  10. Mish says:

    Oh Victoria this is wonderful. You have delicately woven those memories of your dear friend into a lovely tribute.


  11. Exceptionally superb, Victoria! A wonderful homage!


  12. jillys2016 says:

    Love the blending of the pictures and metaphors. Marvelous, as always!


  13. Bryan Ens says:

    Word pollen. Love that thought. Lovely tribute to Viv!


  14. othermary says:

    I didn’t know Viv, but your poem honors her life and writing beautifully.


  15. lillian says:

    Such a beautiful poem for Viv.
    “leaving behind such sweetness of word-pollen,”
    The juxtaposition of the hummingbird and the quilter are exquisite. After her passing, I explored her website more — had only just read her poems as she shared them on dVerse. Such a gifted woman in so many ways. This is a true testament to her — truly beautifully done.


  16. How sweet your words, capturing her spirit. Fly high Viv, soar with the Angels. ❤️🌹❤️

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  17. Bastet says:

    A truly well captured vision of Viv beautifully written and I too enjoyed seeing her quilts here.


  18. MarinaSofia says:

    Another delightful tribute to the colour and joy she brought into our community with her quilts and her words!


  19. Sumana Roy says:

    so beautiful and heartfelt tribute…


  20. Waltermarks says:

    That’s a great memorial for Vivian France, Victoria. Her words were indeed from life’s abundant nectar. Thanks,


  21. ghostmmnc says:

    Beautiful thoughts. Love the comparison to the hummingbird.


  22. Bodhirose says:

    I love how you included her fabric work in your piece, Victoria. This is a lovely metaphor connecting the bird and word-pollen.


  23. A really fitting and lovely tribute to our dear friend Viv. ❤


  24. I love your “word-pollen” line. A work of art and such a lovely tribute!


  25. You kNow Victoria..
    a little bit of Viv lives
    on in my words.. jack
    henry.. don.. jill or jane..
    perhaps i have forgotten
    their names.. but the greatest
    thing about living them all in
    sharing words
    IS A
    pArt of
    of heARt
    never dies
    as our hands
    Write a pArt
    of tHeir
    back to life
    as yes.. the
    journey goes..:)

    Funny how my words
    turn in to lamps all oN
    tHeir own.. true poEtry
    is proof of God too..
    a nice place
    to visit

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  26. kim881 says:

    A sweet, pollen-filled tribute – beautifully done, Victoria.


  27. A beautiful tapestry.


  28. Myrna Rosa says:

    Such a sweet tribute. A beautiful way to honor Viv.


  29. This is another very moving tribute to Viv. It is a lovely way to remember her and think about our life journeys.


  30. Hi Victoria, how do I link my poem?


  31. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    savoring each moment of this brief séjour
    leaving behind such sweetness of word-pollen

    Sigh ❤ such exquisite imagery here, Victoria 🙂

    Lots of love,


  32. Grace says:

    How lovely to leave behind a colorful fabric of life’s journey. A lovely tribute to Viv.


  33. I do love the tribute.. and I do love the way you showed her quilts… she will be missed.


  34. Misky says:

    She’s be delighted with your tribute.


  35. kanzensakura says:

    How gorgeous is this tribute and moved me as others have not. Your words are so poetic and true. I love the picture of her quilts. Certainly a life filled with sharing and making beautiful things.


  36. Exquisite! Thank you!


  37. Sue says:

    Beautiful, sensitive tribute, Victoria!


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