Wound

Another week, another prompt from the wonderful folk at dVerse. This week Lillian is hosting and we are due another quadrille. Lillian was musing on homographs – words with one spelling and multiple meanings, so we might lead someone to a lead weight if we were feeling so inclined. The homograph Lillian chose to challenge the good folk with is “wound”.

For those who don’t know, a quadrille is a 44 word poem of any form that has the prompt word around in some form so, for example wound, or wind, or wounded. As an extra challenge Lillian suggested weaving both meanings of this homograph into one poem, of course I had to take the challenge. Go check out the other wonderful responses to the prompt, why don’t you join in too?

My inspiration for this piece comes from why I started writing poetry in the first place. Poetry was always a way for me to deal with emotions I didn’t really know what to do with. Having to put the words in a form felt like a puzzle, and I enjoy solving puzzles, so it allowed me to grasp at emotions and feelings that I hadn’t been taught to deal with in other healthy, creative ways. So does that make the one who left my childhood innocence? I suppose that’s one way of reading it, but isn’t poetry wonderful for not having a single fixed interpretation?


I wound my art
Round the wound you left
When you ripped my heart
From out my chest

In ink I bled
My healing I penned
Blood clot words I shed
For days on end

I wound my art
Round the wound you left


Hope you enjoy, please feel free to comment,
The Lonely Recluse

~ by The Lonely Recluse on May 17, 2021.

26 Responses to “Wound”

  1. This is fantastic!!! And I so agree with you. Poetry writing is a release and many times a release we can not find in other venues or by other actions. Sometimes the pen can just be the conduit for our emotions to spill out….over the damn holding them in so to speak. I enjoyed this post very much and am so glad you posted to the prompt.

  2. I enjoyed your quadrille ~~ immensely!

  3. I like how you wrote about using art for healing. Writing has been very healing for me.

    • I think there is something innately human about creativity, and there is healing in that making, as well as (at least in poetry) that letting go that is needed to make. Glad you enjoyed it

  4. Such great words in your quadrille! Poignant and heartfelt.

  5. Nice use of the prompt! i like the idea winding your art around the wound from the past.

  6. What would poets do without their poetry?

  7. I think mine came from a similar place. 🙂
    I love this, and the use of repetition is really effective.

  8. “I wound my art around the wound you left,” that’s so true of so much art.

  9. I love this! Writing, and poetry in particular, are powerful healers. I have found it to have wonderful therapeutic properties. I hope it is helping to heal your wounds.

    • It definitely has healing properties, I reckon ithas something to do with the getting it off your chest that is needed when you write, as well as just the humanness of creativity. Yes, it certainly helped when my poetry was my outlet for stuff. Thankfully these days it’s more done for fun than healing. Thanks for the comment

  10. I love how you managed to create a refrain in so few words… really good.

    • I am a sucker for repetition (a comment I seem to repeat often). Because of the stanzas, it seemed neater to finish as I started, rather than having the couplet as something new. Thanks for the kind comment

  11. “In ink I bled,”… sigh.. this is such a strong and apt image depicting the flow of emotion into poetry. 💝💝

  12. Truly delicious, this. Repeated lines strike me as powerful, and the story you tell is, certainly, one we all bear on the scars in our hearts. Delightfully written.

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