On The Brink

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Fussy Little Forms :  Tectractys
(posted by Marian)

The tetractys was invented by Ray Stebbings, who says this about the form: “Euclid, the mathematician of classical times, considered the number series 1,2,3,4 to have mystical significance because its sum is 10, so he dignified it with a name of its own–Tetractys. The tetractys could be Britain’s answer to the haiku. Its challenge is to express a complete thought, profound or comic, witty or wise, within the narrow compass of twenty syllables.”

left him
on the brink
of a new world
minus the pleasure of her company.



About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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23 Responses to On The Brink

  1. Ron. says:

    It’s okay; he probably doesn’t know he needs her.


  2. MrsBednar says:

    Awesome – has a back story and leaves one imagining her future. Well done


  3. Jim says:

    Awww, where is her sense of adventure?
    This was a fun read, Sarah.


  4. Brendan says:

    The perfect epigraph for the book of every failed relationship. Nailed it.


  5. Marian says:

    Biting!! I adore this!


  6. Indeed.. partings are like that. Each in a separate world


  7. sanaarizvi says:

    Crisp and succinct 💜💜


  8. Woonie says:

    Love it!!


  9. Vivian Zems says:

    This said it all. I hope he likes this new world (seeing as he thought he could do better!…ooops…I’m getting carried away with your narrative…LOL!!)


  10. So few words conveying a whole narrative!


  11. willow88switches says:

    Oh yum. Now this has resonance and power. Well done to the form!


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