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Flicker Flame #DVersePoets #Quadrille

And I wondered

if the sight of me wavering

excited you.

Like a candle flame dancing,

your palm held

just inside the heat.

Contemplating the risk

of snuffing me out altogether.

Extinguishing that light

with one blow

one fist closing tight.

Did I excite?


Not the exact word for tonight’s Quadrille prompt, but a form of it is there, and according to the rules that’s alright.


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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. There is such emotion in these words….in this situation. The idea of the palm snuffing out the candle…and a person, with palm and fist having the capacity to snuff out the light/life.

  2. Beverly Crawford says

    Conjures the dire specter of domestic abuse very tidily.

  3. Rob Kistner says

    This has a captivating S&M sensuality to it Carol — or perhaps that’s just me.

  4. Kind of a brave retort there at the end with that menacing fist balled up! You played out quite the scene in so few words, quite well.
    Gayle ~

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