Tale of Old St. Nick

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub #87 – Quadrille – “Quick!  Nick us a poem.” 
(posted by WhimsyGizmo)

“Did you know that in 86 Quadrille prompts so far, we’ve never offered a word beginning with the letter “n?”

De Jackson here, aka WhimsyGizmo, and I was surprised by the little fact above, as I was pondering what word to plunder for this week’s Quadrille. Poor little neglected “n.” So I went on the hunt for a fun “n” word that can be both noun and verb, and can slide easily into some fun compound word situations.”

Just in case you’re new: a Quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words, not counting the title, and including one word we here at dVerse provide. And this week, I want you to ponder, and poem, the word nick.

Old St. Nick doesn’t come
down chimney anymore.
Last time he nicked a
knee. Same night, he went
to the kitchen for his cookies,
caught a child red-handed,
nicking the cookies. She cried.
Old St. Nick took off in the
nick of time.


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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18 Responses to Tale of Old St. Nick

  1. kanzensakura says:

    Ha! sneaky little tyke.


  2. De Miller Jackson says:

    Love all those fun “nicks,” Sarah!


  3. A hard night for old Nick.


  4. Rob Kistner says:

    This is cool. If you could have managed one more nick into the poem you would have won a free chicken dinner Sara!


  5. Poor Ol’ Nick, not even a cookie, but at the least the little girl will not have anything in her stockings.


  6. mhmp77 says:


    You did it very well with lots of Nicks nicking our imagination in this write Sara! St Nick will be careful the next time, I’m sure!




  7. lillian says:

    Hah! Clever way to cover so many meanings of the word “nick” !


  8. LOL I like this. 🙂


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