Card Game – A Quadrille

In this brown arid place
Where the sun casts long shadows
On its back and forth trip
You emerge
Your own form
Separate from mine
One sparkling with
Ace Energy
No longer up my sleeve
I watch
Up the ante

This Quadrille incorporates whimsygizmo’s d’Verse Monday Quadrille prompt – Ace, as well as, Patrick’s Pic and a Word Challenge #182 – Shadow. It was inspired by a recent mother/daughter trip that I took with my older daughter for her birthday.

We visited the Ghost Ranch in Santa Fe, NM and took a trail ride to visit the locations that inspired Georgia O’Keeffe’s landscape paintings in the later years of her life. The landscape there is breathtaking and I can see why O’Keeffe left New York to settle here. My daughter impressed our guide with her horse riding skills.

This is the first time we’ve done a trip alone together. It was refreshing getting to know my “tween” – seeing her not as my little baby girl, but as a young woman coming into her own, forming her own opinions and voicing them, to see her confident and challenge herself. She took the lead – holding my hand when she wanted to and then letting go when she didn’t. How well she knew the game!

©️ iido 2019

22 thoughts on “Card Game – A Quadrille

  1. this trip will be part of her memory growing up too, a time when she had you all to herself, it is different with mothers and daughters, i feel we have to try harder to get to know each other, your journaling of this trip is giving us some amazing poetry my dear.

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    • I agree about the relationship between mother and daughter. I was worried about this trip and whether we would have anything to say to each other. It was good to reconnect with her and get to know her at this stage of her life. Thank you for this validation!

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  3. I like these lines, “Ace Energy
    No longer up my sleeve.”
    You hope that they grow up to shine with energy and it sounds like she is. I like the play on words, expressing her independence as being No longer up your sleeve. Well done.

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