Swift-like #dVerse Quadrille

Swift-like the way you broke my heart,
or like the way the kids grew up
the way you could down a pint, and I-a half,
or drain to the dregs a stained teacup.

Swift-like our lives which float on by
contrails in ever-changing sky.

© Experimentsinfiction 2021, All Rights Reserved

Written for dVerse

Tonight Sarah is hosting, and has asked us to use the word ‘swift’ in our 44-word poem. I’ve had a very busy day celebrating International Women’s Day, but I couldn’t resist a trip to the bar before bed! Happy #IWD2021 everyone!

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  1. I really like how you set this up in two stanzas, one with the micro and one with the macro. Excellent poem, Ingrid, and Happy International Women’s Day to you.

    1. I didn’t even realise I’d done that till you pointed it out Lisa, thank you! Sometimes I write better when I think less.

  2. Oh so true. Today is my grandson’s 28th birthday …. when he was born only yesterday!!! Hard to believe he has a child of his own now. Time is mercilessly swift indeed!

  3. This resonates with me. Sometimes I wonder where the years went.
    I especially like your ending lines,
    Swift-like our lives which float on by
    contrails in ever-changing sky.

  4. I love your quadrille, Ingrid, the way condenses all emotion into 44 words with a delicate punch of broken heart, empty nest, and those ‘contrails in ever-changing sky’.A powerful reminder that everything is ephemeral.

  5. Gone in a flash. Life seems that way doesn’t it? Especially after this past year where we were all in a holding pattern. 😕 Very nice Ingrid

  6. Just like bam! The swift bat of our lives. Swing or not, there’s brevity for sure. Such a lovely poem. One of my favorites for this assignment.

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