When you are ready (Quatern)

This Quatern* Poem is another of several poetry forms that Bianca  & I are collaborating on. Bianca has written stanzas 2 and 4, and I have written stanzas 1 and 3.



You will speak when you are ready

comforting you by listening

weeping over crackling phone line

silence with intermittent sobs

When darkness falls and shadows pounce

You will speak when you are ready

Illuminate your room of grief

reveal the silver lining

As morning light breaks through your gloom

Shrug that beast called past off your back

You will speak when you are ready

With clarity of heart and mind

Your spirit will rise on birdsong

when you embrace what’s yet to come

Focus on the gold horizon

You will speak when you are ready


© 2013 B.G. Bowers and Melanie Blackwell

*A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fouth line of stanza four. A quatern has eight syllables per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme scheme. line 1 line 2 line 3 line 4 line 5 line 6 (line 1) line 7 line 8 line 9 line 10 line 11 (line 1) line 12 line 13 line 14 line 15 line 16 (line 1)


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19 responses to “When you are ready (Quatern)

  1. Brian

    This is seriously amazing. I’m in awe as usual!

  2. Wonderful poem , so evocative! Also thanks for explaining the form as I wasn’t familiar with it but will want to try it out now I am!! 🙂

  3. Not an easy form… Very well done!

  4. Bravo!
    This is wonderful. I am really enjoying your work and the two of you obviously work very well together. 🙂

  5. nokindofmagic

    I really like it, though the rebel in me keeps whispering ‘what if I don’t want to be ready?’ 🙂
    Oh, I almost forgot:
    * outstandingly educational (now we’re even 😉 )

  6. I’m glad you are posting these on both of your blogs as it is a shame when only one of you receives comments that are addressed to both of you. Now I can say, go look at what I wrote on B.G. Bowers’ blog. 😀

  7. Keavaa

    Such depth of emotion conveyed so beautifully. Thank you Melanie and Bianca. I refer to an older post of my own, that this poem strikes a cord within myself. http://wp.me/p3gIo8-20.

  8. Aka Teraka

    Beautiful… Beautiful.

  9. Wonderful and no, I’m not going to try it:)

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