Wound around #quardrille #dVerse

I wound my heart
I walk away:
I wound my dreams too tight
around you
cannot stay.

Too tight I wound;
a wound I found;
my heart will not let go:
to hide this wound, these words I’ve found
I hope it doesn’t show.

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Written for dVerse

Tonight, Lillian is hosting Quadrille, and has asked us to write a poem of exactly 44 words, featuring the homograph ‘wound.’ I have used both meanings of the word here. Join us at the bar for more micropoetry!

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  1. I love the way the two pronunciations of ‘wound’ are echoed in the other words in your quadrille, Ingrid, and the repetition of the ‘w’ sound – effective euphony to evoke the pain and sadness in this poem.

  2. This is gorgeously rendered, Ingrid! I love how lyrical this poem is with the homo-graphic pair woven in so seamlessly.. it just sings! 💝💝

  3. to hide this wound, these words I’ve found

    You know, Ingrid, I like the idea that the words of a poem hide something, rather than revealing it – that made me think!


  4. Charming and delicate – like a string caught to your pinky. The shortened lines lead to a nice degree of fragmentation, a delightful mental struggle.

  5. So, clever. I am impressed!
    (I would love to share this with my English Learners but will not being it would cause great confusion.)
    Have a great night.

    1. Oh yes, I can imagine. I have taught English in Spain before…the confusion between ‘sheet’ and another word was enough to deal with 😅

  6. Nicely done! I’m been fighting a bit of water in my basement which got me *wound* up and off the computer all day. Enjoying reading some quadrilles tonight now that things are a bit drier!

      1. We are digging a trench in our backyard and putting in pipes to reroute the water now. It will take a little time to finish, just a mess!

      1. Beautifully done. Even the rhyming helps you feel the impact of that winding around. There’s such power in the realization of that first stanza “cannot stay”. That somehow speaks to me the most. The wisdom to let go.

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