Poetry,  Thoughts

Monday’s Muse: Verisimilitude

This was a very long weekend. It’s one of those that you want to say ‘can we try again?” But, not me. Not this time. There are some things that just need to happen, whether for good or ill. Getting through something like this gives us strength and teaches us a little more about ourselves. I am finding that I’ve finally become resigned that a certain decision is going to have to be made, and the more I watch this play unfold, the more I am certain that I am going to have to become the antagonist. That’s not a pleasant decision. It makes you think, though, that sometimes the villain isn’t really the villain. They are normal people who have hard decisions to make that others just cannot. So, we label these individuals ‘villains’, when really they are just people who have the strength to say, “Okay. I accept this responsibility. I will carry this burden because you cannot.” But, as I am finding out, it’s not that easy, nor is it pleasant. It’s a sacrifice you have to be willing to make. In light of this, I wrote you a new poem last night.

I titled it Verisimilitude, which means: the appearance or semblance of truth or reality; the quality of seeming true. Everything we see or hear or think is all based on our perspective. Relationships between people, opinions, movies, music, what we read, these are all relevant to our own unique perspectives. They are all true, accordingly. What we feel has verisimilitude. But what is true? What is truth? If it’s all based on our perspectives, then how do we know what is real and what is just assumptions of our viewpoint? For instance, am I really sounding as intelligent as I think I am, or am I completely deluded? *wink*

The ‘truth’ is that one person’s truth could be another person’s lie. It’s all relevant to you. I know that the sky is blue. I know that I was born and that I will die. I know that I love my kids, and that they love me as well. I know I have to write poetry but I don’t know whether or not it’s any good. And there it is. There is where truth lies. It’s relevant to you. If you like it, then you will think it’s good. If you don’t then it is not. Poetry has verismilitude.

So, here is Verismilitude. And I hope you have a Happy Monday!

xo Jes

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Verisimilitude

By Jessica Scott

 

There is truth in the thunder that you never hear,

The lightning strike that draws ever near.

There are lies in the sighs of a single kiss,

And there are barbs in the arrows that never miss.

 

The love that tries is a simple hope

That in the darkness you try to grope;

The love that dies and does not remain,

Only reminds you of that pain.

 

But the heart still tries to hold on and last,

Though, the truth still lies in the past.

But strength is found in this dark place,

As we continue to run in this race.

 

We struggle and fall but get up again,

Scraped and bruised, and bleeding when

We find that comfort within ourselves,

Which only time and healing delves

 

We find instead our own worth,

A new beginning given birth,

The truth that hid within the storm;

The heart and soul are now transformed.

 

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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.

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