Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #61  (posted by Mish)
“Just spread those words across the table and puzzle them into place. Find a way to incorporate the word “puzzle” or a derivative of the word. Some examples are….

puzzled, puzzledly, puzzledness, unpuzzle, unpuzzling, puzzler, puzzlement, de-puzzle (ok I made that one up) So can you.

Feel free to puzzle out or puzzle over. As always, the theme of your quadrille is up to you, as long as you include the given word.”

Solve this puzzle! Roll up
my sleeves, but jeez, all
jigsaw pieces are blue.
I’ll pass.

Do not annoy me with anagrams.
They are already words–
just not the right ones.

Crosswords are my style, crisp
white boxes.

Still working on puzzle
of life.


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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26 Responses to Puzzled

  1. Shasta says:

    Awesome. But I live for anagrams. 🙂


  2. V.J. Knutson says:

    Have to confess, I like all puzzles, but life is the best one.

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  3. rothpoetry says:

    Seems like the puzzle of life keeps changing the rules on us!

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  4. LOL – I’m smiling at this neat little 44! I particularly like the flavour, the tones – and love the second stanza! It’s like a petulant “telling off” … fun write!


  5. Frank Hubeny says:

    The puzzle of life is most interesting one.


  6. kim881 says:

    I enjoyed this one, Sara. After years of creating various puzzles for my classes at school, I’m still working on puzzle of life!


  7. lillian says:

    LOVE this! Anagrams that annoy versus crisp little boxes! Maybe that’s why I enjoy crosswords so much?


  8. Jo says:

    Life is indeed the biggest puzzle of all!


  9. Hell is a puzzle with only blue pieces.


  10. The biggest puzzle of all is life indeed. Thanks for sharing.


  11. sanaarizvi says:

    I love this!! 💜💜 Gorgeously penned.


  12. Mish says:

    I like the way you gradually build up to the most confusing puzzle of all. Nice!


  13. merrildsmith says:

    Nicely, done! I loved the tone of this. And yes, life is quite a puzzle.
    I am not a puzzle person, but my husband loves the crosswords best, too (but he also does anagrams, sudoku, etc.)


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