memories mound

and stories slide,

hurts evolve and resolve

molded by life’s minute corrections.

Whole worlds dissolve

until familiar echos pan

a hidden labyrinth

at rest.

Auras waken—

they waltz your bones and

whisper ‘there was good then

and there is good now.’

©2017 Ontheland

A poem of exactly 44 words, a quadrille, for dVerse Poets Pub Monday quadrille prompt: ‘echo’.

48 thoughts on “nostalgia

  1. I love the shape of this Quadrille, Janice – like an echo cardiogram. I also love the lines:
    ‘hurts evolve and resolve’
    ‘they waltz your bones and
    whisper ‘there was good then
    and there is good now.’’

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    1. That’s true Beverly….and I would not be wanting to gloss over the issues of today for sure. In writing this poem I was in a more personal realm of memory, subtle echos of past positive feelings/states of mind that could be thought of as gone but can also be conjured and felt in the present.


  2. Isn’t this beautiful! I admire how you describe nostalgia…this is especially meaningful: “Whole worlds dissolve/until/familiar echoes pan/a hidden labyrinth/at rest.” And love your last lines…so very true.

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    1. Thank you so much. I enjoyed your quadrille about an artist’s ethereal colours picking up shadows and echos (I wrote a comment which disappeared so I gave up at that point but I did want to say something )


  3. Wow!! 😀😀 This is a superb poem, Janice. Soft, evocative, all-encompassing. There are wonderful lyrical turns here, such as:

    ‘Auras waken—

    they waltz your bones…’

    I’ve never heard of quadrille before – you’ve written a great one here and it feels so much more than 44 words long!

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    1. Thank you Annika. It’s amazing the variety of thoughts and poetic styles that emerge with 44 words and a prompt word being the only parameter (you’ll see what I mean if you check out some of the other quadrilles linked on the dVerse post)

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