Poetry

Got Your Passport Ready?

Underneath

By Jesi Scott

 

Take my hand and don’t let go,

no matter what you see;

I need you here with me

underneath.

 

I don’t want to hide anymore,

put a mask on my face-

I need you to see the scarlet that stains these depths,

forgive me this,

help me to forget.

 

Strip away my flesh, look down to the bone;

I’ll not apologise for any part,

though there’s tears in my eyes,

this is the truth of the lies:

Hell is empty and all the devils are here.

 

Though I’m already burning in my sin,

You are here within under my skin

And in my midnight heart

You are the stars in my sky

and when the demons come to claim my soul,

you are there, don’t let me go.

 

So take me as I am,

look beyond this seemingly endless night,

for somewhere on the edge of all this pain

is a promise of a beautiful release,

a life to regain.

 

Please, take my hand, don’t let go,

no matter what you see-

I need you here with me,

underneath.

Jesi Scott is an aspiring writer of novels, a poet, and blogger. She has guest-blogged over at The Well-Tempered Bards, and has a post featured at For Love Of…. Jesi has two poems published in Memories of Mist, a literary anthology, and one published story in a newsletter. She is currently working on releasing her first poetry collection as well as writing her first novel. When not writing, Jesi can be found getting lost in bookstores, singing and dancing around the house, experiencing culture with friends, and generally having fun with her four sons when they aren’t driving her weeping into her closet, which she calls her Padded Cell. She loves to rescue stray bookmarks, as well as books, and has opened her heart to any and all stories needing a home. Archery is her current favorite thing ever but you might want to stand back a little as she still has a tendency to drop the bow occasionally.

7 Comments

  • Tina

    This is very timely, You might not know it, but tonight is the beginning of the Jewish New Year, a time for reflection and the beginning of new thoughts, hopes and prayers.

    • Jesi

      Wow! I didn’t actually look at my calendar until I read that so, no, I didn’t know. And, though I’m not Jewish, I could certainly use new thoughts and blessings. I wish a blessed holiday and a year full of more positive things than negative for you and your loved ones. 🙂

  • Dawn D

    Very deep and sorrowful. Yet hopeful as well… It took me a long time to get to the end, I had to try many many times. I think the words hit too close to home, I had to prepare myself to accept them 🙂

      • Dawn D

        Why should I be surprised? Don’t we all wish for just that, this sort of recognition of all of us?
        I hope you find it. Just like I hope I one day feel strong enough to be like this too…
        XO

        • Jesi

          Oh, honey. I don’t feel strong at all. I feel incredibly fragile and tender, as if I could break at the slightest touch. I just do what needs to be done and keep putting one foot in front of the other and breathing. 🙂
          xo to you too.

          • Dawn D

            Oh love, I’m sorry you are feeling so fragile. I know that feeling all too well.
            But remember where you’re coming from. Remember all you have overcome already to be where you are.
            It’s Ok to simply survive for a while, while you gather your strength. You can do it! You ARE doing it 🙂
            <3

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