The Seas in a Whisper (Quadrille)

Today is Quadrille Monday at dVerse Poets Pub. De (Whimsygizmo) is our word prompter and wishes us to write a quadrille (exactly 44 words, title not included) using the word “whisper” or variants – whispered, whispering, whispers. The hush-shushing sounds reminded me of that beloved British institution: the Shipping Forecast.

forecastmap
High winds: birds convene to Lundy to rest
grooves and gaps
wait out Fair Isle tempest
in dwindle of hay nests
reflect polished beaks
in cloudless brown of preys’ eyes.
When Malin gaze darkens
let’s muster the courage to beacon
our Viking coast.

23 thoughts on “The Seas in a Whisper (Quadrille)”

  1. I love it that you’ve put your focus on the birds here, Marina Sofia. I think that’s a really effective perspective. And I really like the way you evoke the weather and the wind, too.

    1. I have to admit I don’t listen to the shipping forecast regularly, but I am hypnotised by the names (which often have no bearing to the actual place names).

  2. This is so wonderfully crafted.. sigh.. love how you bring the weather, the wind and the birds alive in your poem..!❤️

  3. I specially admire the ending with:

    let’s muster the courage to beacon
    our Viking coast.

    A different take on the prompt Marina ~

  4. I love it! The “météo marine” always sounded mysterious and exotic to my ears. Alas! They discountinued the radio broadcast, apparently it was of no use to seamen anymore.

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