Turning A Quadrille


Photo credit: Thanks to Liam Edwards for taking this photo.

A Quadrille is simply a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), and it can take any form. Today’s challenge was to use the word “people” in a quadrille. Sometimes I’m just “over” people; I can write it off to my introvertedness to a point, then I just have to say, “Enough is enough!”

Thanks to fellow poet Joel Mitchell who turned me on to author Richard Powers and his book, “The Overstory”. I took inspiration from the first sentence: “Let me sing to you now, about how people turn into other things.” I also merged this quadrille form with the one sentence form creating one long sentence of 44 words.


Let me sing to you now,
about how people
turn into other things—
they leave behind
the steeple and decorum,
cruising out into the world
with snarling lip—
denying justice to those
who desperately need it
and seeking accolades
where they don’t deserve it.

-A Draft poem by Carla Jeanne Picklo Jordan

Sometimes enough is just enough.

Pause The Show

We need to do it differently. This way isn’t working. No one is listening. Return to the old ways. Take up the call. Go to your cities and march around with only the sound of drummers drumming UNTIL THE WALLS CRUMBLE.

Pause The Show

Beat the drums
like on the African soil

Beat the drums
stirring up turmoil

Beat the drums
to tell them you’re free

Beat the drums
to break the dynasty

Of overlord
and underdog

Of the overworked
and undertrod

One nation under God
with liberty and justice

for all except those
who receive the call

to beat the drums
remembering African soil

Beat the drums
causing blood to boil

Beat the drums
the show must be paused

to listen to the drums
beating for life

to listen to the drums
agonizing the strife.

Beat the drums
and change the cadence.