A Quatrain

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – “Quatrain” (posted by Frank)
“The poetry form for the next two weeks will be the quatrain, a poem with one or more four lined stanzas variously patterned with rhyme and meter. Welcome to the pub.”

There is the rhyme pattern ABAB called “interlaced”, “alternate” or “heroic. The example provided is Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”.


There she stood before my eyes
older now by many years.
Here I stand in shocked surprise
holding back a well of tears.


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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12 Responses to A Quatrain

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    I imagine the “she” being a daughter or a friend, but I like how you said it all in four lines.


  2. Bryan Ens says:

    A wealth of imagery and emotion conveyed in only 4 lines. Well done!


  3. robtkistner says:

    We all get there Sara, frustrating as it may be when staring in the mirror.


  4. Sad but well written. ❤


  5. memadtwo says:

    Sometimes the gap seems almost too wide to cross…(K)


  6. Grace says:

    Full of emotions…I can imagine this scene.


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