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Built On More Than Foundations #DVersePoets #Quadrille

Each man’s home is his castle,

so I made mine a fortress,

my sitting room a keep,

and a battlement of books

to stand watch for invaders

wielding words like realistic,

while I was carving hope

into a portcullis,

certain these walls could hold.


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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. wielding words like realistic,

    while I was carving hope

    I think we’ve all been there – unreliable narrators in the story of our own lives. I love the image of a castle built of books and words.

  2. I’m so pleased you wrote about a metaphorical fortress/ castle kind of keep, Carol. I love the title and the ‘battlement of books’ standing watch for invaders ‘wielding words’. Sounds a bit like my house at the moment – books everywhere – my only protection, except for the cats, but I’m not sure if they’re up to the job as they’re scaredy cats!

  3. Glenn A. Buttkus says

    As noted already, this is a snappy quadrille with medieval overtones. Your fortress concept is sound, but at some point you must stick your head up into the real world.

  4. sanaarizvi says

    Wielding words like a sword 🙂 this is fantastic! ❤️

    • I actually have a poem called the pen is mightier than the sword, and another poem about wielding words like weapons. What we say can cut deep.

  5. Beverly Crawford says

    I love your castle keep. You drew a beautiful word picture.

  6. Rob Kistner says

    What a fantastic image — a fortress of literature and knowledge — beautiful idea Carol!

  7. I love the thought that it is possible to create something that will hold, especially in the heart or mind.

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