A d’Verse quadrille
I’m wound up and wounded Not my body yet, just my heart We’re sitting potential collateral Damage // seems Verse is free But can’t free me From her world, which I’m afraid to leave For, simply, I Want to protect her innocence and heart
What’s in a word?
The above free verse poem is my take on d’Verse’s Quadrille challenge #128.
The quadrille is simply a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), and it can take any form. This week’s challenge was to use the word “wound” in a quadrille.
The word “wound” is a homograph. Homographs are words with the same spelling, but different pronunciations and meanings. To work out which pronunciation and which meaning is appropriate, you must look at the context.
The extra challenge offered for this particular d’Verse prompt was to include the word “wound” twice – as two of the 44 words – using both of its meanings/pronunciations and thus including the homographic pair.
I don’t tend towards free verse poetry, but I think I should try my hand at it more often than I do. This poem reflects some of how I feel right now, as the father of a six-year-old child living in Israel during this especially scary time.