Wounded Words [Poem]

The words bleed through the page like open wounds

sewn shut with scratch-marks,
dried into imitations of themselves.

I had to gouge the falseness
from the spaces between each letter

so when I wound a thick gauze
around my wounded words

they would heal.

Photo by Peter Chiykowski on Unsplash

At DVerse, the prompt today is to write a Quadrille: a poem of exactly 44 words, not including the title, that includes today’s prompt word, “wound” in the body of the poem. We can use the word “wound” or a form of the word – not a synonym for the word.

50 thoughts on “Wounded Words [Poem]

  1. Oh this is painful to read….and yes, the writing process can sometimes be painful. The illustration goes well with the words….
    These words
    “I had to gouge the falseness
    from the spaces between each letter”
    are absolutely visceral.
    So glad to see you here today!

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  2. It used to be, on paper you could see the editing process which made it more real I think. There is something lost in the electronic age of editing where you push a key and it disappears. Your action words work very well and inspired thought, which I appreciate.

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  3. I love this quadrille, Evan, and the simile in the opening line is so effective. Writing poetry can be a painful process, and I identify with the image you have painted. I especially love the lines:
    ‘I had to gouge the falseness
    from the spaces between each letter’,
    something we need to do to allow our wounded words to heal.


  4. Excellent use of both, Evan. We can make words hurt and heal all dependent upon how we wield our pens, as we excise the unnecessary to get at the what we wants to tell..


  5. Words are double edged.. they possess the power to free us of our pain, and to plunge us further still, I love the poignancy with which this poem is penned 💝💝

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  6. Deliciously painful, a strongly worded love letter to the creative process – a painful, bloody thing that promises harm by reopening our own wounds. Again, delicious stuff.

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