Racham

Wounded deeply
Love's
Crimson flowing.

Faithful
Are the wounds
Of a friend.

Compassion's calling
Come
Enter in.

Love has her way
Soldiers cutting
From the front tearing.

Into a womb of mercy
Overshadowing
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:

A Winnowing

See not your failing 
See my wind blowing
Each point of collision
A lifting
Divinely appointed
To winnow the seed
In husks beautifully
Hidden, bursting forth
Through the breach
Long opened in my
Body broken to heal
Your every division.

A Winnowing was written in response to the d’Verse quadrille prompt with its roots resting in these Words.

A quadrille is a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), and it can take any form. This week’s challenge was to use the word ‘seed’ in a quadrille.