Quadrille – Dverse Poets


August 1, 2016 by petrujviljoen

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If you lived my life

you’d be furious too.


Endured what

I did,

you’d blow your top too.


If you had to take the flack,


I have to,


you’d be a

vociferous, strident, scared, screaming, frustrated, bored, thwarted, outspoken, cranky, FEMINIST too!


Linked to Dverse Poets for Quadrille. It’s an edited version of a poem I published back in 2014 to fit the 44-word format. I’ll link up to Dverse asap.

52 thoughts on “Quadrille – Dverse Poets

  1. Bryan Ens says:

    You speak powerfully of a life of struggle. Well written.

  2. Mish says:

    I like this feisty approach to the prompt!

  3. ghostmmnc says:

    I admire your ability to convey such emotion in so few words. Very powerful.

  4. I’ve been mostly sheltered from what you describe but then again I am of the generation and part of the country that expected so much (or little, depending on perspective) of its women. But, I did grow into some better attitudes and expectations for myself and am in a better place than ever before.

    • It’s the second comment that seems to be under the impression I’m from a younger generation. I’m 58. Had to fight and claw my way out. Still working on it.

      • Well, I’m 65,so a little older and a child of the country and south. I’m sorry for your fight (and others) and know I have reaped the benefit of your struggle. So thanks

  5. Sumana Roy says:

    sometimes truths need to be told in its true and raw color however unpalatable they might sound…great job…

  6. A bombastic bio, Petru! Quite an image presented!

  7. You did succeed in this…communicating your angst in a stark, honest poem. Uncomfortable for me who loves to avoid confrontation but admires it in honest discourse. It speaks to a generational thing, I suppose, being raised by a war widow who drummed into me “happily ever after.” Well done.

  8. kanzensakura says:

    There is a story about Einstein I love…he apparently being dyslexic had a hard time learning and would act out. One day the teacher sent him home with a letter to his mother. He was anxious about the letter so his mother read the letter to him which in effect said – Your son is too brilliant for this school. It would be better for him if you sent him to a private school or educated him at home. he is a wonderful child. they had no money for private school so his mom taught him at home. Years later he learned what the letter really said – that he was a disobedient idiot and should be kept at home because he would be nothing but a failure. His mother loved him so much she lied about the letter. I’m sorry for such anger in your life and for such feelings but understand why. This poem cut to the bone.

    • I’ve heard the same story, forgetting now where or how! The school system isn’t always effective.

      • kanzensakura says:

        No it isn’t I can personally attest to that myself.

        • The school system almost destroyed a friend who is dyslexic. Luckily her parents had the wisdom to home school her and she’s fine now, yet still shy about the issue. Well done to you to have learnt to work around dyslexia so very very well. 🙂

        • kanzensakura says:

          Thank you Petru. My folks put me in a private Quaker school and schooled me at home as well. And this was in the days when dyslexia was thought to be part of a mental illness/retardation. I was blessed to have them and understanding teachers.

        • Ah man! It’s through the struggles to raise awareness by those who birthed us and came before us that we are where we are today! Well done to you and yours!

  9. p.s. says:

    I so appreciate your honesty.

    The first three lines are my favorites.

  10. jillys2016 says:

    Oh, man! Love the energy of this rant! Bravo!

  11. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Wow, the man/men in your life cannot/should not be milk-toasts; hopefully your partner compliments your verve & energy level.

  12. Bodhirose says:

    I think my blood pressure rose a bit just reading this…that’s a lot to deal with, Petru!

  13. The poet brings about anger in many people -the people who would prefer scientists for children who follow orders obediently. It’s the poets who shake things up as they should. In fact, it’s their purpose! 🙂

  14. Grace says:

    Whew….A wonderful introduction to you Petru. Thanks for sharing the image too, smiles.

  15. lillian says:

    Oh my!!!! You let it all hang out in those last words — I can feel the emotion and energy!!!!

  16. Wonderful words and wonderful image.

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