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Time: A Quad Poem

This poem was written in response to a challenge set at my weekly writers’ group – The Hinckley Scribblers, who meet every Friday morning at Hinckley Library, Leicestershire. The challenge was to write a “quad poem”. This consists of four stanzas, each of four lines of four words, and every word must contain exactly four letters. It’s not as easy as it sounds!

I suppose a sterner challenge would be to insist that every word is different, but I wasn’t prepared to go that far!

Would you care to have a go?

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Tick tock tick tock

Keep step don’t stop

Tock tick tock tick

Walk tall don’t trip


Must pace life fast

Zing zest dart dash

Trot trit clop clip

Tock tick tock tick


Time runs like sand

Rush past, take mind

Gone, won’t come back,

Tick tock tick tock


Tock tock tick tick

Such flux must tire

When will time stop?

Tick tick tock tock

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What do you think?

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  1. Well I couldn’t pass up that challenge!
    (Apologies for ‘thru’)

    Leaf thru your book
    Move pawn, king, rook
    Pass over iced beck
    Move fast your trek

    Into deep damp rill
    Sure take real will
    over mead, hill, plot
    past Tom’s rope knot

    Move with this beat
    Move both your feet
    Jump with that time
    Leap over this line

    Here wave nice hair
    Take keek we’ll dare
    Skip with much glee
    Over dike, bush, tree

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