A Quickening

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #64 – Quick!Write something!  (posted by De)
Today, I want you to pen a poem of exactly 44 words (not including the title), using some form of the word quick as one of your 44 words.

Dorothy Parker

Quickening of my heart
at sound of your
footsteps. Waiting
in the dark to hear
that door unlock.
Clock ticks in time
to my quickened
heartbeats. So sweet
the anticipation
of holding you
again. But then,
footsteps pass
by my door. No one


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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30 Responses to A Quickening

  1. Janice says:

    A nice tension you create with this…the building anticipation and disappointment (great quote too)


  2. Beautifully crafted. Sure wasn’t expecting the ending! Nicely done.


  3. Oh such heartbreak. Lovely quadrille.


  4. whimsygizmo says:

    Ohhhhh. This starts with so much anticipation, and ends in such sadness. Well done, Sara.


  5. V.J. Knutson says:

    Ahhh…you had me going.


  6. Singledust says:

    the quickening of the heart really felt in the poem Sara, you created a little cocoon of safety but it was destroyed by the footsteps that passed by


  7. there is a quick-quick slow rhythm of a foxtrot to your poem – bated breath til the last – well written!


  8. annell4 says:

    Great expectation…of nothing. It happens.


  9. Frank Hubeny says:

    Very nice, unexpected ending with no one stopping.


  10. I love the momentum of the anticipation of such sweetness, and the letdown. Beautifully crafted.


  11. sanaarizvi says:

    Oh this is so evocative… the quickening of the heart… those footsteps drawing closer and yet moving on … sigh… ❤


  12. Alas… so often we hope in vain.


  13. Misky says:

    Poor girl. She needs earplugs. Block out that guy’s footfall sounds….


  14. Dorianna says:

    ah, such disappointment, ‘quickening of the heartbeats’ in anticipation of a visit only to be let down…nicely done.


  15. Grace says:

    The ending was a surprise. So sad there was no welcoming footsteps, only silence.


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