Marching as to war

Being ever so slightly jittery, I whistle a little DITTY –
or dittery, if you want it to rhyme. I march on the FLANK
of a glittery army, marching in time. I bank on the MARCH-
ing battery to keep us from harm, to give us some TEETH;
since mine are so ever so chattery – like my heart underneath.

Before the Attack – at Plevna
Vasily Vereshchagin

Today we present the new five-line DQP.


GLASS and HOUSE should appear in the same Quordle
is like four words in Connections making immediate sense.
for EXIST and FINAL to appear together is existent-
ial. It makes the brain dawdle – hobbled – and warble
like the magpies: Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle!          

Denis Glover, New Zealand poet, and creator of the well-known magpie ‘warble’
that appears in one of his most famous poems, appropriately named, The Magpies.

Gone, and somewhat forgotten

Back in the days when we had a lion TAMER,
when the circus had no strictures to APPLY,
the tamer told the lion his bum to SHUNT;
the lion responded with a shrug and a HUMPH.

1938 Cartoon by Jorge Délano Frederick that motivated the burning of issue No. 285 of Topaze, a Chilean satirical magazine. For the full details behind this very political cartoon, check out this page. Now that the political aspect has gone into the pages of history, the cartoon suits my DQP’s purpose well.

Ear Worm

DITTY stuck in my head, like a
BARGE, moving but not seeming to.
CANON says such songs must be bad, but
GOLLY, I like it despite myself.

The Library of Alexandria

FILTH litters the halls and courtyards, all
TRACE of its former glory gone.
STONY faced librarians, not jobless, finger the odd
FOLIO that managed to escape consumption.

[This one inspired by the most recent Rest is History episode.]


STIFF hairbrush braises my scalp –
QUOTH my mother, as of yore:
‘MUCKY little beast, clean up, or I’ll drive a
WEDGE between your hair and your brain.’

Bad Chemistry

IONIC bonding, molecular weights: such things
DAUNT me more than asking out Alicia Stevens, so I
BRIBE Simon Grandfield to help get my grade
NORTH of a C-.