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In These Streets Where We Walked

Updated: Jan 29, 2021

By Larry Chamberlin, 19 October 2016

In these hillside streets where we walked

roam the ghosts of who we once were

ancient spirits - youthful dreamers

not long before you were interred.

Joy ran through our souls all the days

in these hillside streets where we walked

the future was not big enough

to hold the plans of which we talked.

Exploring buildings and rooftops

filled our hearts with wonder and hope

in these hillside streets where we walked

we even made plans to elope.

Cynical optimist was I

never knowing that we were stalked

by your past that robbed our future

in these hillside streets where we walked.


A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fourth line of stanza four. A quatern has eight syllables per line. Rhyme scheme is optional.

© 19 October 2016 Larry Chamberlin, Chamberlin Law & Mediation

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