sometimes i am so happy it hurts–dVerse Monday Quadrille


sometimes i am so happy it hurts
a quadrille

yesterday i am
play of shadow and of light
sunset’s watercolor sky

tomorrow
fragile day-lily
letting go her brief yet lovely life

today
today the texture of a sturdy bark
free flow of cool water
tiny finch whose song is all she has

This week, for the Monday Quadrille prompt at dVerse, Lillian challenges us to paint a self-portrait in exactly 44 words. Whew.

The title of this poem came to me last evening while I was doing dishes, looking out the kitchen window where my husband kept watch over our two small white dogs, romping in the grass. This morning, when I woke up, the poem appeared.

Please join us for this most challenging prompt. This week there is no word that we have to use. Have fun.

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38 thoughts on “sometimes i am so happy it hurts–dVerse Monday Quadrille

  1. rosemawrites says:

    this is one great poem. ❤

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  2. Mish says:

    I love that you ended with “today”…these precious moments of the present. A nice addition with the little bird song. 🙂

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  3. I know that feeling. My heart is so full that I can actually feel it. If I let myself think about how happy I am, I think about losing all that is making me happy and then a heaviness replaces or sits on top of that full feeling. That’s what hurts, I think.

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  4. Bryan Ens says:

    Really like your approach of writing your portrait in terms of past, future, present. Like a triptych painting!

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  5. Janet says:

    Gorgeous wordplay.

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  6. bkmackenzie says:

    I love your today “texture of study bark” full of the past and the hopes of tomorrow….thank you…bkm

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  7. Thank you, Victoria, this is beautiful with the finch song!

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  8. Imelda says:

    Today, today is special and the best. 🙂 Lovely piece here, Victoria.

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  9. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    What a breath-takingly beautiful self-portrait!

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  10. Wonderful. Yesterday, tomorrow, today… Ever becoming but living in the moment singing her own distinctive song

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  11. Softly spoken. Wonderful.

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  12. kim881 says:

    That is so beautiful, Victoria.

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  13. Sumana Roy says:

    achingly beautiful…from sunset sky to fragile day lily and wealthy with a tiny finch song….

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  14. …so happy it hurts? We should all be in such pain, Victoria! Love this!

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  15. ghostmmnc says:

    Love your poem! We have these little finches come to our backyard feeder every day. Such a happy tune!

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  16. How I love this poem, and the song of the finch, so beautiful. I LOVE “tiny finch, whose song is all she has.” Reminds me of the quote – a bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

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  17. Grace says:

    I love each part, so beautifully weaved with nature and your heart. And that ending line, just sings 🙂

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  18. lillian says:

    Love the yesterday, today, tomorrow orgnization of this! A tiny finch? I think not — your words, your artful poetry make you at least as big as an emu — but MUCH more graceful! 🙂

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  19. jillys2016 says:

    There is something so “Poem Crazy” about this, Victoria. I love the soft brush strokes of the three stages and the bird is total perfection for the post!

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  20. Charley says:

    Sky, water… you are very… elemental. A wonderfully visual piece; although your imagery speaks to other senses as well. Love the bird song!

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  21. It is such happiness to see care-free joy romping outside and still being given a protective eye by hubby.

    Hank

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  22. brian miller says:

    very nice. i like each of your 3 panels in this and how you use each to tell a story of a time – and how you use nature to tell it. realizing our song is all we have – i think there is a bit of humility in that. smiles.

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  23. Sue says:

    Lovely write Victoria, and penned so quickly!….oh that I could write a poem again!

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  24. Bodhirose says:

    I’m taken by the fact that her song is all she has…and that you were so happy it hurt. I love this beauty, Victoria.

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  25. kanzensakura says:

    This is perfect. You did such a lively job. Mine is so clunky. I like the person in this poem so very much. The last line clutches at my heart, that beautiful finch whose song is so brave and bright.

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  26. It certainly is the most beautiful of songs. Bravo, Victoria

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  27. p.s. says:

    This is excellent, Victoria. I’m especially enamored of the opening line. I’m thoroughly enjoying reading this over and over again while I listen to your little birdy sing its precious, tender, but strong heart-song.

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  28. The birdsong takes a moment to get going. Hope you will listen.

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