She Fell

Written for:  Poets and Storytellers United – Weekly Scribblings #17:  “For Certain,
It’s Enjambment”  (posted by Sanaa)
“Enjambment: Meaning, Use and Function

French in origin, Enjambment means to step over or put legs across. It can be defined as a thought or sense, phrase or clause, in a line of poetry that does not come to an end at the line break, but moves over to the next line. In simple words, it is the running on of a sense from one couplet or line to the next without a major pause or syntactical break.

The function of enjambment in poetry is typically to allow an idea to continue beyond the limitations of a single line, often to reinforce certain ideas within the lines themselves.

It can be used to create the element of surprise for the reader by delaying the meaning until the next line, some writers use it for purpose of bringing humor into their work.

She fell madly in love
ten times at least. The first
was a beast, the second,
a cheat. She gave her heart
to each of them. They all broke it
every time. How to trust love
ever again. Then she thinks
of the fevered anticipation
blushing her cheeks ripe
peach, and accelerated heart
beats. She wonders if it might be
worth it.

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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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8 Responses to She Fell

  1. What a delight this is to read!

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  2. Excellent use of enjambment. I think the end of sentence punctuation mid-line enhances it greatly.

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  3. LOL…oh man, teen-age me feels very called out by this. Yeah, it’s worth it. 😀

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  4. sanaarizvi says:

    It’s all worth it in the end 🙂 when we find our significant other. We realize then, why it didn’t work out with anyone else. Thank you so much for writing to the prompt, Sara!

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