High Street Quatern:


I know the high street’s doing great,
Why would you require our custom?
Don’t try to mend that broken lift,
It’s forever since it broke down.

I know your workers’ jobs are safe;
I know the high street’s doing great,
Why would you let me look inside?
Bar all ‘disabled’ doors with crates.

Make sure there’s nothing in my size,
Tell us to go home, shop online,
I know the high street’s doing great,
You can afford to alienate

All those parents wheeling their young,
All those who cannot manage stairs,
Do without every one of them;
I know the high street’s doing great.

Antonia Sara Zenkevitch

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Another poetry challenge. I’m working through them as if they were chocolate bars.


  1. Cubby says:

    Ah the sarcasm is so tangible. You use the repeating line well to build up the effect of the quatern. Really well written. 🙂

    1. antoniazen says:

      Thanks, I think it’s a case of finding the right form to say what I wanted to say. :)’

  2. Really enjoyed this Quatern Antonia! Thanks for sharing. I am a Creative Life Coach and poet and also tried my hand a Quatern today in case you have time to look? https://peacockpoetryblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/26/under-my-skin/ I am also on Instagram in case you would like to follow eachother? #coachingcreatively
    Sunny Greetings from Switzerland! Sam 🙂

    1. antoniazen says:

      Hello Sam, pleased to meet you. Thanks for your comments. Sorry for the delay replying. My blog has had to take a backseat for a few days. I don’t use Instagram but I’m very happy to follow you on WordPress.

      1. Thanks Antonia and lovely to be connected 🙂

      2. antoniazen says:

        Yes, it is 😊

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