Looking Woven

Finding A Voice

There is quiet but not silence
Follow the rhythm of breathing
Blink with rustling of eyelashes
Hear the humming of hearts beating

Creaking joints as positions shift
There is quiet but not silence
A small murmur of discomfort
Introspection on world violence

Look inward at private struggles
Lips move as prayers remain wordless
There is quiet but not silence
Kindness surrounds with forgiveness

Still our tongues to hear the message
Put aside human defiance
Listen to Love softly whisper
There is quiet but not silence

This is a French form, a Quatern, having 16 lines written in 4 quatrains with 8 syllables per line. The first line of the 1st quatrain becomes the second line of the 2nd quatrain, the third line of the 3rd quatrain, and finally the last line of the 4th quatrain. To satisfy the requirements of Weaโ€™ve Written Weekly (W3) as Kerfe’s directions specify a poem of 16 lines or less with the first line and the last line are identical.

103 thoughts on “Looking Woven

      1. I agree that what we put out in the world matters. But I am unable to be forgiving of those who know what the results of their actions, or non actions, will be, and just don’t care.

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    1. Thanks David – I guess a fevered mind can (between coughing fits) still find the words. I’m surprised you didn’t know this form! This one is a favorite of mine and I’ve used it load of times… You definitely should give it a try.

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    1. Thanks Christine. I have been in quarantine and meditation seemed an appropriate way to sort through the emotional morass of the violence and turmoil as I try not to cough up a lung…

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                    1. I didn’t take the chance with my friend with COVID. I don’t want to risk others. I saw a few of the other friends I wanted to see and just let Sheri (the + Covid) know that I missed her and wished I could have seen her.

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    1. Thanks a bunch! Hope you are having a good day off and getting everything done before your big reunion!! I’m STILL waiting for the Dr. to call me back… oh well.

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        1. Oh no!! Your garden is so big that the tiller dying is a real disaster!! I hope the AC people will honor their work – since it really hasn’t been used until recently! Hugs!

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                    1. They should get to it sometime this week. But Wrangler is not wanting to use it as much as I would like. Yesterday I would to have cooled down after 4 hours in the sun but the house was 85.

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                    2. Tomorrow is in the low 70s and we will be gone all week and mom will come over and let them in. So as long as they fix it by Sunday we should be good.

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  1. I’m 100% behind the message in this lovely poem. I hope Covid is moving on. I found a Life is Good T shirt I want to buy. It shows Yeti and a Unicorn and says, “Maybe all it takes is kindness.” Today at the museum with the new manager that’s what we talked about. โค

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    1. Thanks Martha! The fever is gone but I’m coughing so hard that I can’t sleep (of course neither can Sparky, or the neighbor dogs)… I think that shirt is perfect! More love, more kindness!! (I have been accused of “magical thinking”) But really, being kind and loving CAN effect the outcome of life in the micro and macro! I’m not afraid to at least try! Sounds like the new manager is going to be good for the museum!

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        1. Who cares?? If it bothers you then cut off the sleeves of a “dead” shirt and sew them into the sleeves of the new one! Problem solved! Don’t let that perfect shirt escape your grasp!

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  2. Wonderful, beautiful, meditative and heartfelt write, Val! And the last stanza is something that we all should heed. โค๏ธ Lovely form too, it worked so well.
    I hope your cough has subsided. Take care. ๐Ÿค—

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    1. Thanks Punam. My cough is still with me but I’m feeling a little better this morning. I’m just flabbergasted that so many were moved by this one. I’m so glad you found it so good!

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  3. Muri,

    Kerfe has selected you to be this week’s PoW for W3.

    This poem you wrote last week will be our prompt poem; and what we need from you now is one or two guidelines for W3 respondents.

    Please send these to me as soon as possible.

    Much love,
    David

    P.S. I hope you’re feeling at least a bit better! Did the dr call you back?

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    1. Thanks David! I’m a little better but have no energy and my sense of taste and smell are greatly altered. If this is what its like having the vaccine and being boosted, I can’t imagine the misery of having COVID without that protection! The doctor was kind but basically I just need to treat the symptoms with OTC meds and drink lots of fluids and continue to take my vitamins. I’ll message you with my guidelines ASAP (probably after I have dinner)…

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