Writer’s Workshop-Quatern

I had to step out of my comfort zone for this one. Poetry is not my thing. Mama Kat ‘s prompt called for a 16-line poem (rhyming or non-rhyming) about a moment from my childhood that changed my life for the better. I sort of read the 16 line poem part, retained the word “childhood” and didn’t really pay attention to the rest.

So, once again, I haven’t followed the directions. Perhaps I shouldn’t be so hard on my kids when they don’t follow my instructions. But I regress.

My poem isn’t about a moment, but a series of moments that changed my life…..for the better.

In a truck the world she entered
Blackened eyes her father rendered
Always crying, crying, a whiner
Around their fingers somehow twined

The youngest child; pampered, endulged
In a truck the world she entered
Life around her mother centered
Marriage divided, sadness entered

A new union, ending in death
Wailing, wailing, lost and broken
In a truck the world she entered
The scent of her mom surrendered

Woman, wife, sister, and mother
Wouldn’t trade her life for another
Family first, finally centered
In a truck the world she entered

Quatern: 16 line French form composed of four quatrains. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. A quatern has eight syllables per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme.


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    Deb says

    i suspect this is a rather large piece of your soul you offered us today. i haven’t known you for very long (don’t you love that??? KNOWN??? i’ve never met you!), but i think i was right behind you as you made your way through all the WW posts (i don’t know how you do it. i had to start picking and choosing once i hit #60), and i saw a couple of clues as to what this poem may mean.

    you are a strong, funny, beautiful, brave lady, miss angie! thanks for taking a chance on us.

    i LOVED it.

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    Kristin says

    That was great. I susspect it was a bit healing for you. I think that poetry is one of your many tallents. Keep it up.

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    mannequin says

    Oh Angie.. you are such a wonderful writer. I think you pretty much summed it up there, what an evolution you’ve gone through and yet you’ve retained all those things that make you so very special.
    I am so happy to have you for a friend! {hugs}

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    Mrs de Miranda says

    what do you mean poetry is not your thing?? That was great!! And meaningful and emotional! Poetry not your thing…crazy girl!

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    Melissa says

    WOW!!! This is great!!! I wish I could be that creative…. I just end up going with the lists; my brain is to scattered to think write something this meaningful!!

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    iheartbowheads.blogspot.com says

    Wow that was great – we will have to see what I can come up with – not sure I can



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    Jennie says

    that was great and I LOVED the smarty pants part at the end telling us how you did it… I remenber learnignabout writing poetry in school and college, but it has gone all out the window since I had babies…

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    Heather says

    Beautiful poem πŸ™‚ And you said poetry wasn’t your thing!
    Thanks for checking out my blog this morning! Comments are always appreciated!

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    RenΓ©e aka Mekhismom says

    Thank you for sharing such intimate details of your life with us. Rather than echo what others have said I will just say – you are a talented writer. Claim it.

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    Live.Love.Eat says

    I loved what Deb said in her comment, 2nd one down. I agree about the kind of lady you are and that this is a large piece of your soul indeed. I am honored you took a chance on me once too and shed a little more light on who you are or more so what made you who you are.

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    Cecily R says

    For someone who isn’t totally comfortable with poetry, you sure wrote a beautiful piece. Really Angie, its very good.

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    Migraine Mom says

    That is the best “I don’t write poetry” poem I have ever read. I agree…you are incredibly talented..keep writing!

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    Kiki and Lele says

    For you, the same price as normally advertised… but one little favor…??? you could take a pic after you get it and post a link back to us… Pretty Please with cherries on top…

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    jori-o says

    That was deep, sister! I had to read it a couple of times to let it sink in—just like with any really good poetry! Very nice.

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    Stu Pidasso says

    That is an awesome poem. I like that you even gave the grammar/mechanics breakdown within the poem, but the content is even better. When an author can draw empathy out of the audience with mere words, the connection has been made. I can almost picture you working to keep it together as you draw this out of yourself. WAS it that hard to write?

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    Stephanie says

    Brilliant! I imagine it was challenging sticking to the eight syllable per line part, and I love the type of poem you chose to write – the echoing line in your piece continues to speak as to where your life began.

    Talented indeed.

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    Kiki and Lele says

    Wow, that was great… You are really good at poetry… I am not so great in that area… Haave a great weekend,

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    Laura says

    I enjoy reading all your writing. For you to say poetry isn’t your thing is crazy. You scrolled out an amazing poem which was surely a window to your soul.

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    Brenda says

    Beautiful Poem

    I found you on BATW. My friend is having twins soon. Maybe you could (or maybe you have) do a post on how friends can help new moms of twins. I would appreciate any tips!

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    Mama Kat says

    And I was so proud of myself for figuring out the “style” before you named it.

    Angie this is unbelievable. I love love love love love it! So powerful, I re read it like five times to take it in. Beautiful. I love it! Great work mama.

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    Jennifer says

    I am just getting to know all of you and this definitely helps. Beautiful work and from it i can tell I like you as a friend.

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