Going, Going, Gone

Going, Going, Gone

Going
I’m leaving home
I said defiantly
when I was four
but I stayed
 
Going
I’m leaving here
I said defensively
when I was a teen
but I stayed
 
Gone
I’m leaving you
I said dispassionately
when I was married
and so I went
 
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved


De Jackson (AKA Whimsy Gizmo) is hosting D'Verse Poets
Monday Quadrille and has prompted us with "Go"
A Quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words excluding
the title.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay 
 

  32 comments for “Going, Going, Gone

  1. February 24, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Christine, loved what you did here! 🥰

    • Christine Bolton
      February 24, 2021 at 9:08 am

      Thank you dear Punam 🥰

  2. sanaarizvi
    February 23, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Sometimes leaving is the only option. This is a beautifully evocative write! 💝

    • Christine Bolton
      February 24, 2021 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks Sanaa. I always appreciate your kind words ☺️

  3. Beverly Crawford
    February 23, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    And now you’re ever to wonder if you stayed when you should have gone and went when you should have stayed. Life is hard!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 24, 2021 at 7:25 pm

      The good thing is I am pretty good at making decisions as a grown up! As a four year old and a teen, not so much ☺️

  4. February 23, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Good that you did it when it was due.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 24, 2021 at 7:24 pm

      Yes. That was a long time ago ☺️

  5. February 23, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Hmm… like seasons of life

    • Christine Bolton
      February 23, 2021 at 11:17 am

      Yes that’s a good description Jay!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 23, 2021 at 11:18 am

      Yes that’s a good description Jay ☺️

      • February 23, 2021 at 11:55 am

        Are you doing well?

      • Christine Bolton
        February 24, 2021 at 7:24 pm

        Yes, I’m really good. Thanks for asking Jay ☺️ You too I hope.

      • February 25, 2021 at 11:43 am

        Thanks, I am, too B-)

  6. February 23, 2021 at 9:18 am

    The dissonance of one the third response is, though anticipated, is still powerful because of the rhythm. It stirs the heart and leaves me with the reflection that the first two held you the third did not.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 23, 2021 at 10:07 am

      Thank you Paul. You are correct. It seems to be something I have done my whole life. I can certainly face problems head on but something in me does not like to feel trapped I suppose. I like to be in charge of my actions, even at 4 years old! You can’t get far with a bag of toys though! ☺️

  7. February 23, 2021 at 4:52 am

    Sometimes leaving is the best thing we can do, though hopefully not at four years old!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 23, 2021 at 10:04 am

      It is a vivid memory Ingrid! I remember being 4 years old and packing my mum’s shopping back with some toys and announcing I was leaving home! She said with a smile, “OK then, bye bye’. I opened the door and walked across the street. I turned and she was waving at me. It was then I got scared and ran back in tears! ☺️ I honestly don’t know why I did that. I think maybe I was just showing some independence, even if only 4 years old 🤣. There does seem to be a pattern though.

      • February 23, 2021 at 10:22 am

        My son (3.5) said he wanted to stay home alone, but he soon changed his mind when we all got dressed and pretended to head out without him. I think it is the first time we try to assert our independence! Even at 18 when I decided to ‘leave home’ I only lasted 3 days!

      • Christine Bolton
        February 23, 2021 at 11:17 am

        It’s funny isn’t it. I managed to stay away for 6 months when I was 18. Off seeing Europe as we did then, but I was terribly homesick and was ready to go home at the end of it. ☺️

  8. February 23, 2021 at 2:44 am

    Christine,

    Wow; well done! Based on a true story?

    Yours,
    David

    • Christine Bolton
      February 23, 2021 at 9:58 am

      It is David, but it was a long time ago. All is well now ☺️

      • February 23, 2021 at 10:23 am

        I’m glad to know 🤗

  9. February 22, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Third time’s the charm, eh? (And probably not a moment too soon, I’ll bet.)
    Quadrilliffic, CB,

    • Christine Bolton
      February 22, 2021 at 11:37 pm

      Hey thanks Ron! ☺️

    • February 23, 2021 at 6:48 pm

      Clearly the time was right. Love how it’s framed, nice work.

      Pat

      • Christine Bolton
        February 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm

        Thank you sir much Pat. I’m happy you enjoyed it ☺️

  10. De Jackson
    February 22, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Oh, I love the progression of this. Glad you left when it really mattered. I did, and it made all the difference.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 22, 2021 at 11:54 pm

      Thanks De! I’m happy you liked it ☺️

  11. February 22, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Going … going … gone! Very good!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 22, 2021 at 11:55 pm

      Thanks Dwight ☺️

      • February 23, 2021 at 9:51 am

        You are welcome.

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