Wound Up – A Quadrille

Wound Up

My nerves were 
so tightly wound 
one sound of dissention
would make me jump
from my shivering skin
 
Your words, as always
hateful and cruel
were like salt poured
in an open wound
Stinging and painful
 
Fearing the worst
I escape before
finally snapping
 
 
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Lillian is hosting Monday Quadrille at D'Verse Poets tonight
She has prompted us with Homographs.  A word that, although spelled
the same, has two different meanings depending on how it is spoken.
The word she has asked us to use is "Wound".  We can use it once 
or twice showing both meanings.

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

  43 comments for “Wound Up – A Quadrille

  1. May 17, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Oh my this poem stings. Nicely done.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 17, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Maria ☺️

  2. May 17, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    This is very well done! A poem of wisdom!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 18, 2021 at 8:58 am

      Thank you so much Dwight. This woman knows what to do! ☺️

      • May 18, 2021 at 9:33 am

        Yes for sure!

  3. May 17, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Very well done Christine. Living with nerves wound tight is not way to live.

  4. May 17, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Good response to this prompt. “Nerves tightly wound” and “salt in a wound” certainly work together in this poem. Painful.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 18, 2021 at 8:48 am

      Thank you Susan ☺️

  5. May 17, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    I’m glad she made the choice to leave. There would never be a happy ending, but at least she’s alive and able to begin again…

    • Christine Bolton
      May 18, 2021 at 8:49 am

      Thanks Lisa. She has choices ☺️

      • May 18, 2021 at 8:44 pm

        🙂

  6. May 17, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Beautiful poem 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      May 18, 2021 at 8:58 am

      Thank you! ☺️

  7. May 17, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Very evocative poem Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      May 18, 2021 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you my dear Sadje ☺️💕

      • May 18, 2021 at 12:49 pm

        You’re welcome 😉

  8. May 18, 2021 at 3:57 am

    Painful

    • Christine Bolton
      May 18, 2021 at 8:58 am

      Thank you! ☺️

  9. May 18, 2021 at 6:00 am

    😔 Christine 😔

    • Christine Bolton
      May 18, 2021 at 12:37 pm

      I seem to be writing a lot of sad poems lately don’t I ? 😞 oh dear 😕

      • May 18, 2021 at 12:38 pm

        yeah – I’ve picked up on that trend…

      • Christine Bolton
        May 18, 2021 at 12:48 pm

        It happens to all of us I guess. Need to get out in nature for some inspiration ☺️ 🌞 ⛅️ 🌳🦅

      • May 18, 2021 at 12:51 pm

        well I recently wrote a poem about a divorced man, and that was totally spontaneous – I’ve never been divorced, and I hope not to be!

      • Christine Bolton
        May 18, 2021 at 2:08 pm

        I think that’s wonderful as many can relate to your words whether you were divorced or not. Who m it’s where our words come from sometimes. It’s like we are channeling someone else ☺️

  10. Markie Doczi
    May 18, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Very descriptive and to the point- and relatable to me on a personal level!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 18, 2021 at 8:59 am

      Thank you Markie. It is too familiar to many of us, sadly 😢

  11. May 18, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Excellent use of the homographic pair. Oh yes….sometimes it is best to simply leave the room, the situation, walk away to protect ourselves from the coming hurt. A very good write for the prompt!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 18, 2021 at 9:35 am

      Thank you Lillian ☺️

  12. May 18, 2021 at 11:55 am

    I’m glad she left. I could feel her about to snap!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 18, 2021 at 12:38 pm

      Yes Merril 😳 it might not have been pretty 😦 Thanks for reading ☺️💕

      • May 19, 2021 at 11:02 am

        You’re very welcome!😀

  13. May 18, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Great Quadrille, Christine ~~~~~

    • Christine Bolton
      May 18, 2021 at 12:39 pm

      Thank you Helen ☺️💕

    • Christine Bolton
      May 19, 2021 at 9:03 am

      Thank you so much Helen ☺️

  14. May 18, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    It sounds like you made good your escape just in time! Being around a person who rubs salt into wounds is toxic.

  15. sanaarizvi
    May 18, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    This is gorgeously poignant. I agree, it’s better to leave before one is about to snap.. too much negativity can take a toll on the mind. 💝💝

    • Christine Bolton
      May 18, 2021 at 11:15 pm

      Yes it does Sanaa. I need to get away from this depressing poetry! ☺️

  16. May 19, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    This sounds so toxic… better to leave

    • Christine Bolton
      May 19, 2021 at 4:07 pm

      Yes, she should 😕

  17. May 20, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    The words and wounds are painful. Escaping may be the best outcome.

    Have a good weekend.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 20, 2021 at 11:50 pm

      Thank you Grace. Escape cannot come soon enough for some. Have a good weekend too!💝

  18. May 21, 2021 at 7:09 am

    This was awesome! I loved it! <3

    • Christine Bolton
      May 21, 2021 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you so much ☺️💕🌺

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