Wounded deeply
Crimson flowing.

Are the wounds
Of a friend.

Compassion's calling
Enter in.

Love has her way
Soldiers cutting
From the front tearing.

Into a womb of mercy
Mighty waters roaring.

Ever interceding
Wound up, breaking
For a birthing.

The prompt:

What’s in a word?

The above poem “Racham” is my take on d’Verse’s Quadrille challenge #128.

The quadrille is simply a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), and it can take any form. This week’s challenge was to use the word “wound” in a quadrille.

The word “wound” is a homograph. Homographs are words with the same spelling, but different pronunciations and meanings. To work out which pronunciation and which meaning is appropriate, you must look at the context.

The extra challenge offered for this particular d’Verse prompt was to include the word “wound” twice – as two of the 44 words – using both of its meanings/pronunciations and thus including the homographic pair.

My quadrille was inspired by the Hebrew Word for compassion (see this beautiful Word study for more: Rakham), this Scripture:

Proverbs 27:6 (ESV) Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

and this song:

4 thoughts on “Racham

  1. lillian May 19, 2021 / 12:42 am

    What a beautiful Hebrew word. Your words do it justice here. Thank you so much for posting to the prompt!


  2. Ingrid May 20, 2021 / 8:45 pm

    It is indeed a beautiful word, and the phrase ‘Faithful/Are the wounds/Of a friend’ really has me thinking…


    • Anna Smit May 20, 2021 / 9:00 pm

      I’ve also been marinating on that phrase so much lately. It fits with that bit from your poem that so spoke to me too.

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