Surprise me with connections,
patterns that echo, reflected
copper crystals like tree branches,
rivers shaped as snakes,
snowflakes like stars, the inside of a flower
where a droplet is a sea–
the letter S
half of infinity, ours twined whole.
I’m hosting dVerse today for our short poem form of 44 words, the quadrille. The prompt word is some form of mirror.
Oh… the half of infinity… how great.
Thank you! I’m pleased you understood what I meant. 🙂
A beautiful mirror quadrille, Merril, and love that it begins with the word ‘surprise’. I also love the sound of ‘copper crystals like tree branches’ and the phrase ‘the inside of a flower / where a droplet is a sea’.
Thank you very much, Kim. 😊
You’re welcome, Merril!
Thank you so much, David. 💙
Once you see it, right? 😊
The half of infinity shines so beautifully in this poem, Merril 😍 Gorgeous rendering of the prompt 💙💙💙
Thank you so much, Sanaa! 💙💙
I love that ending!
Thank you so much!
“the letter S
half of infinity”
Hadn’t thought of that. Nice one.
Thank you very much. ❤️ I hadn’t thought of it either, until I started writing this afternoon. 🙂
I had to look up the half of infinity. Wonderful idea! Is that plate a special one too?
I’m not sure how I thought of an S as being half of the symbol, but now I can’t unsee it. 🙂
The plate is part of our china set. It’s a little more ornate than the regular dinner plates. Sometimes I use if for bread or something.
What does the S on the plate stand for?
I have no idea what it originally stood for. My parents had a large, wholesale antique business. Our name was Schreiber, so one of them bought it because it fit. Then when I got married, and took my husband’s name, it still fit, so my mom gave us the china. She had several sets of china. 🙂
Ah, I see. Same as our family ‘heirlooms’. All picked up by my dad in junk shops 🙂
Yes . . . but they had really good stuff, and some was very valuable.
We did too. My dad knew a lot about antiques, far more than the other men in the business. He called them ‘junk’ shops because that’s what they thought of most of the stuff they got from house clearances. My dad would pick out valuable china and pieces of furniture that his ‘colleagues’ didn’t recognise as being anything more than ‘junk’.
Interesting! When my parents had the store in Dallas, my dad only sold to dealers. He bought his merchandise from dealers and auctions in Philadelphia. Later my mom used to sometimes buy things from estate sales and such for her store, but she sold a variety of things. I honestly don’t know how my dad first learned or got started though.
My dad was an amateur. He bought a lot of stuff, but kept most of it. My mum wouldn’t let dealers in the house. They were all shifty and mostly crooks. Where we lived most of the houses were old and full of family treasures that younger generations wanted to get rid of. The dealers had so much to sell they didn’t even recongnise most of it as theirs. And they didn’t recognise much of value.
So funny about both of our dads. Did your dad also really like Chinese art/antiques? Because that would be too weird. 🙂
Chinese wasn’t something he came across often in Yorkshire. He had a lot of English porcelain, Staffordshire, Wedgwood, Coalport, and German, Meissen, Dresden are names I remember. But we did have a few pieces of Chinese, lots of ginger jars. My dad had a huge collection of German beer steins. I never understood why he liked those. They looked ugly to me.
It’s probably good. If you had told me he had a huge Chinese collection, it would be even weirder than all our weird connections. 🙂
I agree about the German beer steins. They are ugly.
We had these two weird–tavern mugs?–they had men’s faces, and their legs came up to form the handles. They were creepy, but they fascinated me, too. My mom still had them. I think they were valuable, but one got broken. Lots of my mom’s stuff got damaged with people in and out of her place and the moves.
Yes! Given that Chinese stuff was hardly ever seen where we lived 🙂
My grandma had a Toby jug, which was another ugly thing, but not as creepy as yours with the bendy legs. I have a Wedgwood vase of my grandma’s with a motif of Medusa’s head and her hair draped all around it. She was a fan of Greek myths.
Yes, my dad bought from antique businesses or at auction. That vase sounds cool. 🙂
I haven’t unpacked it here. Nowhere to put it.
I love how the poem moves into that last stanza!
Thank you very much, Liz! 😊
You’re welcome, Merril!
How beautiful! 💙
Thank you, Rene! 💙
Merril, I smiled at your ending, if I remember correctly half of infinity is the same a doubling infinity? I know, it’s symbolic representation in writing. Thanks for hosting, I pay special attention to the prompter’s return work. A thought search help when it was chosen. Thank you too for hosting, I’m glad you read every one, others with not nearly as many returns only read about half or so.
Thank you, Jim. Technically, I don’t think you can half or double infinity. . .because it’s infinite. I was referring to the symbol–cut in half would be an S.
And you’re welcome regarding the hosting. Hosts are supposed to read all the prompts for their own prompts. When I post to others’ prompts, I don’t always get to everyone’s, but I try to read as many as I can. Last week, I was super busy with work. Well, we all have lives outside of dVerse. 😊
Very nice! love the infinity twist!
Thank you so much, Dwight!
You are welcome!
You are good!! 🙂
Thank you very much! 😊
half of infinity,
ours twined whole
Whatever it is we cant avoid to be provoked but accept what we see in the mirror. It is a wholesome and a good person! Great wordcraft Merril!
Thank you, Hank. 🙂
I like this take on the prompt. Nicely done.
Those traces. Secrets? Discoveries? I enjoyed this mirrored poetry and thinking of what it mirrors.
Thank you, K. 🙂
Infinity is the deepest mirror of all. (K)
Thank you! 🙂
This is gorgeous! Love the imagery that you chose!
Thank you so much! 😊
I think it is those little surprises of connection that keep us seeking the greater meaning between the seen and unseen.
Thank you for hosting…
Thank you so much–and you’re welcome!
So well seen – as always
Thank you, Derrick. 😊
The infinity mirror is an enduring image! A great prompt – I would love to take part if I could find a spare moment 😅
Thank you, Ingrid.
Well, you know you’re always welcome! 😊
Genius, that last line! Love it, Merril. ❤️😊
Thank you so much, Punam! 💙
This is so lovely, Merril and yes! S does look like half of infinity. Love it!
Thank you so much, Dale! 😊
This is the first time, and I do not know how it took that long, that I am thinking of the half-infinity as the letter S, as well as the whole infinity presented as two continuous letter S. It is a delight to read something that dons a new shower of thoughts on something we have seen/heard/drawn a bunch of times before and everywhere. Wonderful writing!
Thank you very much for your kind words. I never thought of it before either. It just came to me as I started to write!
I had never thought if that before. An S entwined with another = Infinity. Mirrored so beautifully ❤️☺️
Thank you so much, Christine. I’d never thought of it before either. It just came to me as I started to write!
Wow interesting imagery! And the s shows up all through it! Excellent quadrille
Thank you so much, Eric!
Taking my breath away .. no fair!!! A gorgeous quadrille and one of your finest poems.
Aww–thank you so much, Helen. 💙
You were clever with this poem, from the form of reflection, to the idea of eternity, as a whole.
Thank you, Merril!
Thank you so much, Resa!
I love how the first line invites, then resolves in the last, the S as half of infinity, then enjoined.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, Paul!
My pleasure Merril.
Lovely as always, friend! ❤
The last two lines are fabulous! Excellent! S – half of infinity!
Thank you very much, Colleen! 😊
Love the ending just perfect ❤️
Thank you very much! ❤️
Merril, that second stanza is simply breathtaking!
Thank you so much, De! 😊
I loved your creative take, Merril, especially the ending!
Thank you very much, Jay!
I never thought of an S as half of infinity before! Great observation! The infinity symbol is called a lemniscate, which I think is a cool word. 🙂
I looked it up–from the Latin with hanging ribbons, which is such a pretty image.
Oh, what yummy ideas and images!
Thank you! 🙂
Really beautiful ❤️
Thank you! 😊
I like how you went with the connections from the prompt word. Lovely poem. And the plate is so pretty. S. Were you always an S?
Yes, I was Schreiber, then Smith. Now I only have to spell my first name. 😉 My mom gave us that china. She had several sets.
That was lucky, not to change your initials! Really beautiful china.
Thank you! 😊