A to Z Challenge,  Blog,  NaPoWriMo,  Poetry

The “Love”-less Love Poem

Evening everyone. Sorry I’m late posting. Easter weekend means I had no time today to work on my post until now.

A to Z Challenge is D and NaPoWriMo’s challenge was to write a “love”-less love poem. We weren’t supposed to use the traditional ways of writing  about love or use the word love at all. We could also write a break-up poem but again, avoid words we’d normally use to describe it. Now, because I’m late I could have copped out on this one and posted a poem I wrote a year ago that is both a “love”-less poem and began with the letter D. But I didn’t. Instead, I hope you enjoy what I did do. The title(with my D word) refers to how love is messy and hard and not easy, but is still a treasure in disguise. I hope you enjoy my offering.



Diamonds in the Rough

By Jessica Scott


It’s not what you do for me, though sometimes it is.

Mostly it’s because you’re you-

the way you smile when I say something

risqué without realizing what I’ve said,

or the way you listen when I think you’ve not

heard anything I’ve told you.


It’s the little things you do for me without realizing

how important they are to me-

like when you buy me pretzels because I like them but you don’t,

and how you bring me flowers in pots instead of bouquets

because they last longer and I can plant them and keep them for a while.


It’s the way we talk at night in bed about things

we don’t say during the day-

how neither of us can stand the next door neighbor’s dog barking at 2 a.m.,

or the dream one of us had that woke us both up and kept us in one another’s arms

until we both fell back to a soundless sleep.


Sometimes, it’s even the arguments

about the stupid little things that annoy us-

like the fact that you still won’t pick up your clothes from the bathroom

floor after your shower and I have to do it,

and how I forget to take the clothes out of the dryer as soon as it’s completed its cycle.


Then there is the way you make me

a better person by pushing me out of my comfort zones-

like that time it started raining and you pulled me in your arms

to dance in the rain while everyone else was running for shelter

and all I could think of was how people were staring at us,

or when you signed us both up for a charity run and forced me to train with you

while I complained often and loudly about the pain afterwards.


But the thing about it all is…

those three little words we say all the time

seems so small to hold so much feeling within them.

And yet, they encompass everything I feel

and all of these things that I can’t say.


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.


    • Jesi

      Thank you. I’m glad you like it. It’s not one of my best and I’m not overly happy with it. I had a full day yesterday and was tired when I wrote it, and very much not in the mood for love. LOL

  • Sue

    So many ways to say I Love You ‘Love-lessly’. Even when you are tired your efforts are worthy of writing and sharing. Thank-you. I think we all have many of the same thoughts…you spoke them well for many!

    I am visiting from the Co-Host AJ Lauer’s Team to welcome you to the 2015 Challenge. Hope the first week has been a good one for you. Keep up the good work.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal
    AtoZ 2015 Challenge
    Minion for AJ’s wHooligans

    • Jesi

      Thank you so much! Your words mean a lot, because I was exhausted from a very physical day of work and I really didn’t think this poem was post-worthy.

  • uniqusatya

    My….appreciate the way ypu are handling both the challenges at once.Thats a beautiful poem here.I almost gave up on the optional prompts of NaPoWriMo for the sake of sticking to my theme in AtoZ 🙁

    • Jesi

      I’ve come close to ignoring the prompts, but its the prompts that challenge me to push my abilities. And that’s why I joined the challenges in the first place. But it is hard. And doing both challenges is twice as hard. But I am enjoying it. I’m so glad you liked this poem. Thank you.

    • Jesi

      It is turning out to be quite the challenge doing both. And I’m sticking to NaPoWriMo’s prompts as well. it’s definitely been challenging already. And I’m loving it, even if I’m not overly pleased with a couple of my poems so far. LoL

  • scottishmomus

    It’s funny how hard we can be on ourselves when others can read and see what a perfectly fine poem you’ve wriften here encompassing all that can be can be said without being said. I love that you had to dance in the rain and that your other half helps you explore outwith your comfort zone. The clothes on the floor have to go though. 😉 Great job on keeping up with both challenges.

    • Jesi

      Thank you Momus. Unfortunately, not everything in this poem is actual fact. But some is. I’ve never danced in the rain with someone and I’m the one that signs myself up for runs. It’s more the idea of someone doing those things. But I’m very glad you like it and that it does speak to people even though I’m not one of them. LoL

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