Beginning to End – A Quadrille

Beginning to End

A face once smooth
Creamy as alabaster
now lined and sallow
The thick dark hair
highlighting burnt sienna
becomes thinning and white
Tight skin stretched onetime
over strong muscular limbs
Defying gravity
hanging in crepe folds
Soon the cycle will end
Ashes to ashes


Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved


Sarah is hosting Monday Quadrille at D'Verse Poets
and has prompted us with the word 'Ash'

A Quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words excluding the title

Image by Tomislav Jakupec from Pixabay 

  23 comments for “Beginning to End – A Quadrille

  1. October 20, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    A good reminder of our life here, ashes to ashes!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 20, 2021 at 7:37 pm

      Yes Grace! 😳

  2. October 20, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    Not yet… we must see another spring.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 20, 2021 at 7:36 pm

      Hopefully many more! ☺️

  3. sanaarizvi
    October 20, 2021 at 6:08 am

    But before we go, let us write heart-stirring poems like yours! 💝💝

    • Christine Bolton
      October 20, 2021 at 9:49 am

      Aww, thank you Sanaa ☺️💕

  4. October 19, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    The day we are born is the day we start dying. Make the best of it for as long as possible.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 19, 2021 at 9:07 pm

      Isn’t that the truth? ☺️💕

  5. October 19, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Such is the passage of time and its effect upon our bodies: elegantly captured, Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 20, 2021 at 11:14 am

      Thanks Ingrid ☺️💕

  6. October 19, 2021 at 6:42 am

    that’s it in a nutshell, Christine.

    -David

    • Christine Bolton
      October 19, 2021 at 9:04 am

      Thanks David ☺️

  7. October 19, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Oh, that’s bleak. And real. We’re all heading that way, I guess. Your enforced brevity makes this really clear and powerful.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 19, 2021 at 9:08 am

      Yes it was a bit bleak wasn’t it? 😦 Thanks Sarah 💕

  8. October 19, 2021 at 2:21 am

    And life goes so quickly! Well written!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 19, 2021 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Carol ☺️

  9. October 19, 2021 at 1:59 am

    As is life. Enjoyed reading this quadrille. So relatable.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 19, 2021 at 9:10 am

      Thanks Selma. It comes to a point in life when you cannot ignore what is happening to you.
      😳

  10. October 19, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Ah, that’s life. From youth to grave.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 19, 2021 at 9:11 am

      Yes Sadje, sad isn’t it? Thanks so much 👍💕

      • October 19, 2021 at 10:55 am

        You’re welcome.

  11. October 18, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Wonderful imagery of aging, and a well written quadrille. 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      October 19, 2021 at 9:12 am

      Thank you so much! ☺️💕

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