pretty how towns

we find ourselves
(insideout, downside
in those places where
anyone might call us
crazy. tomorrow’s hazy, is it
not? we’re daisy-chained,
wind-caught, so why not?

let’s hitch
our horses
our heels
our frowns
and take that
last ink-scratch
of road


Inspired by this poem by E.E. Cummings.
I’m hosting the Quadrille over at dVerse today. Come play! 




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24 Responses to pretty how towns

  1. What a wonderful place to be.. love the sunmoonstarsrain…

  2. I love that ink-scratch of road. This is just brilliant.

  3. More horses and madness. That one little word has released a wild bunch of poems!

  4. sanaarizvi says:

    This is exquisitely drawn, De! ❤️ I love; “ink-scratch of road.” 😀

  5. msjadeli says:

    “in those places where anyone might call us crazy” i love this line

  6. Cummings came to mind with your prompt but did not dare approach it – whereas you have upended the pretty howtown and taken to the air
    ” we’re daisy-chained,
    wind-caught, so why not?”

  7. gillena cox says:

    Ah, what fun. Thanks for the Cummings link too. Happy you dropped by my blog today


  8. Grace says:

    I love the word combinations: we’re daisy-chained,
    wind-caught, and last ink-scratch! Gorgeous poem De.

  9. I love this! When I read “hitch,” I thought of getting married. ❤

  10. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice lines: “last ink-scratch
    of road”

  11. Love this! Cummings, call your office! Beautiful write, De!

  12. robtkistner says:

    And let’s take it home De, full of love luck and laughter! 🙂

  13. robtkistner says:

    And De, let’s take it home full of love and laughter…

  14. Misky says:

    “Ink scratch” – I mean how brilliant is that, eh?!

  15. “Last ink scratch road”- brilliant!

  16. A fabulous quadrille De, I love that ‘last ink-scratch of road right home’ xxx

  17. sdtp33 says:

    nice EE feel to this…like the compound words…ink-scratch, wind-caught, daisy-chained…like the chopped-up rhythm in the first verse…JIM

  18. kim881 says:

    I love where you’ve taken the e.e. cummings poem, De, the use of prepositions and the internal rhymes. I especially like the phrases ‘daisy-chained’, ‘wind-caught’ and ‘last ink-scratch of road’ – like a pen and ink landscape sketch.

  19. merrildsmith says:

    daisy-chained and ink-scratched roads–wonderful, De!

  20. calmkate says:

    a playful poem … hitch up our horses heels and frowns … abandon our inhibitions!

  21. memadtwo says:

    It does have the touch of ee…the playfulness of words. (K)

  22. jazzytower says:

    Love that last part.


  23. Mr. Walker says:

    Perfection! I love it – all of it. As I was reading more quadrilles I was thinking of writing another one in this vein, but you did it so well – all your own with a knowing nod to cummings. Maybe next time for me.

  24. Your poem, the Cummings’, and the Silverstein one from the prompt all form kind of a trinity of childlike reverie, helium infusion, and terrifying freedom. It was a ride to read them all in sequence and I want to stay up here:)

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