For dVerse Poets: Quadrille #142

a trout

Noodling Isn’t About Pasta

I never bother
removing tinsel
from a Christmas tree.

It’s impossible, it’s like
removing a kite
from a telephone wire.

Or catching a trout
with your hands,
although

I used to be able to do that.
Dad taught me –
he called it noodling.


Yes, it’s absolutely true – noodling. It’s also calling trout tickling. As for the tinsel, we leave it on the artificial tree, and year after year it proves itself indestructible. Written for dVerse Poets Quadrille #142 “Tinsel”. A quadrille is 44-words sans title. ©Misky 2021 Shared with #apoemaday on Twitter

26 responses to “For dVerse Poets: Quadrille #142”

  1. Ha ha. You learn something new every day! Do you leave the lights on too?? I find them harder to remove than the tinsel. Or maybe you don’t do great strings of coloured electric lights?

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    1. PS I have never tickled a trout.

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      1. I doubt most people have. I had a most unusual father. ❤️

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    2. Ah! Lights. Loads of them. Our fake tree came with all the lights fixed on the limbs and twigs. It comes apart into 4 pieces which you stuff back into its original packaging, and toss into the loft for storage. And it’s not a tiny thing either – it reaches right up the ceiling. The word ‘brilliant’ was invented for this tree. 😂

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  2. Ah, so much here. Yes, removing tinsel is impossible and you are the first person I have known to do some real life noodling.

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    1. Thank you! Dad always said it was kinder than a hook.

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  3. I was taught to noodle in Scotland, although I’ve never heard it called that.😂😂
    I will ask Mrs H whether I canoodle!

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  4. really? that’s so cool!

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    1. Yes, really. 😁

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  5. Delicious (the poetry & the trout, not the tinsel). Well done, Misk.

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  6. Aha…now I’m back on the fence about tinsel. Forgot about removing it from a real tree. What an interesting word for catching trout in a more humane way….or did they all slip between your fingers?!

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    1. Some slipped away, and some slipped into a butter sauce. 😂

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  7. Misky, this is fabulous! Love how you circled us back to the title, and your comparison of trying to remove tinsel like removing a kite from a telephone wire, great visual.

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    1. Thank you very much! ❤️

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  8. I like the imagery and the weaving together of all these different activities

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  9. I never heard of noodling before, but dang, it kind of sounds fun!

    Also never knew that tinsel could have a mind of its own. I’m grateful I don’t use it now lol. Love the poem and the imageries you evoke–so lovely, as always.

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  10. Interesting. I learned something new today. Love your poem.

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  11. I agree, Misky. Well done.

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  12. We always remove the tinsel and keep to next year… it just takes patience… just like with trouts.

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  13. I am giggling at the concept of ‘noodling’ and the fact that tinsel on your tree is permanent! Happy Holidays!

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