Written for:  dVerse Poets – Quadrille #19 – Exactly 44 words  (posted by whimsygizmo)
For today’s Quadrille challenge, I want you to include the word spark. Use it as a noun, or a verb. Make sparks fly, or spark an idea that sets fire to the page. Wanna sparkle, instead? Go right ahead. And watch what happens with a strategically placed hyphen:


She excited, ignited,
set them afire.
Wiggled, squiggled
in tight skirts, legs
in silk stockings. She set
off sparks in dark
corridors of high school.
So cool. Boys stared,
and dared not speak.
Girls felt minor league.
She may have been lonely.



About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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17 Responses to Flame

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Oh, how achingly true that last line can be.
    I love the proximity of “sparks” and “dark.”
    Great piece, Sara!


  2. thotpurge says:

    Oh yes, that sadly might be true!!

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  3. Mish says:

    Yes, a sad scenario. Those seeking attention truly need it.


  4. Grace says:

    Those silk stockings can ignite sparks ~ But she may have been lonely after all ~ Good one Sara ~


  5. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    This works on so many levels, Sara 🙂 those who stand out from among the crowd are most likely to feel lonely (due to obvious reasons ofcourse) Beautifully penned.


  6. lynn__ says:

    Exactly this!


  7. frankhubeny says:

    Nice ending on loneliness.


  8. I didn’t see that coming. Yes, she very well might have been.Great poem, Sara.


  9. I think most likely lonely.. the most lucky always seems that way.


  10. Great poem . I agree with the others – those who seek or get most attention tend to be lonely.


  11. ApproachAble..
    to Love..
    SpArk to FReED..:)


  12. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Very enjoyable – and what a great twist in the last line.

    Liked by 1 person

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