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Home Retreat

When the world shudders,

I still seek shelter with you.

I still cocoon myself in your arms

and pretend

that I am a child again.

Knowing you will keep the bad at bay

until I am ready to gather myself

and face the world.


I’m going to blame my other half for the lapse in memory that made me miss last night’s Quadrille prompt. He returned home with twelve Israeli Koi for the new pond in the garden so our evening dissolved into me staring over the edge of the water, trying to pick out any signs of their colourful little bodies after they’d been released.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Loving this! I may print it out and slip it onto my hubby’s pillow tonight! Exactly how I feel. He is my home❤️

    • That’s such a lovely thought, I’m so honored that it resonated that much with you. I actually changed the name of the piece at the last moment because I wanted it to be more open in regards to who it could be about. When I wrote it I was thinking about my mother but my fiancee is the person I turn to most these days. They both represent that feeling of reassurance and support for me.

  2. Enchanting quadrille, but I especially love the ‘excuse’ with that image of you and he and the fishes 🙂

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