Fractured by Traffic

On the village green,
bones of goalposts lean
at both ends of the empty pitch.
I ring-a-round-a-rosy,
hugging sidelines, daisy-stitched,
tanging of cut grass.
Each time it passes,
it fractures the stillness,
the arrhythmic ebb and flow
of traffic as it comes and goes.

Kim M. Russell, 2017

Fractured by Traffic

My response to dVerse Poets Pub Quadrille – Still

Grace is our host for this week’s Qaudrille. She says that she hopes we’re ready for another week of poetry challenges.  And for those participating in the NaPoMo, we are almost at the finishing line. 

Our word for Quadrille Monday is ‘still’.  we can use it as a noun, adjective, adverb or verb. We can also combine it with another word like stillness, stillwaters, stillborn, stillrooms, or even standstill.  Our challenge is to write a poem of precisely 44 words, not including the title, and including ‘still’.


42 thoughts on “Fractured by Traffic

    1. Those poor old bones of goalposts have been missing their nets for a while. I suspect they remove them after a match in case they are stolen. They just look so naked and ashamed without them.

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  1. Me too–what they said. It is significant that a city in motion, the stampede of traffic, can only be ignored for a moment before its roar imprints itself on many moments to follow.

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    1. Thank you, Glenn! We have some traffic through our village but the main road from one market town to another crosses the nearby fields. As there is not much else in the way of noise, the traffic can be heard clearly from the football pitch. So different from living in London, where the odd fragment of silence was a welcome surprise! Especially when we lived below the Heathrow flight path and Concorde was still in use, the boom always made my then six-year-old daughter jump – the record player too!


    1. It’s where local teams play football, usually on Sundays, and where we have the village fete. I’ve seen people running, flying model planes and kites over there. Unfortunately, the day nursery that used to be in the village hall has moved, so not so many children play here in the week.I think it should be used more as it is such a lovely space.


      1. For sure. Our town had a great soccer field, but the city dad’s decided for us that we need a new xx million dollar stadium and visitor’s center out in the middle of nowhere. Now the old field will sit empty.

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