OctPoWriMo OctPoWriMo 2015 Poetry

To Write Love On Their Arms

Day 5 prompt-Love


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Today’s Poem:


False Alarms

By Jesi Scott

It begins with one step…
                                    He moves towards her
            She steps back                                               then leans in cautiously
lets Him take Her hand                       His hand on Her waist
movements slow,        guarded           tentative          taking one another’s measures
they connect                                       the music picks up                              and they begin to
                        correlate                                  their steps                    correspond
their bodies                              sync                                        in rhythm         connected
                                                            passion mutually directed
            towards each other                                                                 minor flaws corrected
one misstep                                                     breaks the spell
                        He falters                                                                    She trips
                                                feet become tangled in miscalculation
She tries to keep going
                                                                                                                        He pulls away
                        He can’t feel the music
                                                                                                She can’t remember the steps
            They’re lost in misinterpretation
So She backs away                one                  foot                  at         a          time
And He backs away               one                  foot                  at         a          time

The music stops.



**Title taken from this Josh Groban song

Jesi Kay
Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at www.octpowrimo.com.

13 Replies to “To Write Love On Their Arms

    1. I always write in Microsoft Word and for this all I did was just tab over where it looked good to me. Then, in WordPress draft, there’s a drop-down list that is normally on Paragraph. If you click it and go to the bottom there’s a “Preformatted” option. I clicked that and then copy/pasted from Word to WordPress. It did the rest. There was a little tweaking I had to do but the end result is pretty much the same so I left it.
      And thank you!

    1. Thank you, Karin. I had hoped the structure would imitate a visual dance as well as flow in a sort of waltz pattern until the “missteps” happened.

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