A to Z Challenge,  Blog,  NaPoWriMo,  Poetry

X is for…

X and O

By Jessica Scott



X and O.

Kisses and hugs.

You can have one or the other,

Though in general they play Follow the Leader.


X and O.

Easily missed when lost,

They make the miles disappear

When found at the end of a letter.


X and O.

In tandem, they clear up grey skies,

They can make the hurt go away

When you are scraped raw, at least for a time.


X and O.

Two simple letters with no meaning

But when holding hands they spell

L. O. V. E.


This was an easy one to do. Today’s poetry prompt was to write a poem using a bridge in some way. Whether as a metaphor or an actual bridge, etc. Combined with the Blogging Challenge letter of the day being X, it could have been rather difficult, and I did think about using other X words. But, I have been receiving an outpouring of love from friends lately and I knew I exactly what I wanted to do. Kisses and hugs bridge the gap between showing affection and telling people you love them. Words are hard to find for some people, but giving a kiss and/or hug says “I care” without using language. And sometimes, there are just no words that will help. But kisses and hugs are always needed. They “help” the tears to dry (or spill out if necessary), the booboo feel better, or simply to let someone know they are cared for. So, I dedicate today’s poem to D’artagnan (whose creative fire sparks my own), Aramis (love has never been more alive than in your poetry), and Porthos (no reference to size but to brightness of spirit, m’lady, although you are a big shiny gold dragon in my heart). That leaves me as Athos, I suppose. πŸ˜‰ We, the Poetic Musketeers. All for one, and one for all. Huzzah!

Have a grand Tuesday!

xo Jesi


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.


  • Maz

    How do you think of it???
    I’ve departed from the norm today and written a story about death.

    See my words at:

  • uniqusatya

    OMG you have made it so easy.I wonder if ever your words were forced,the flow seems so natural even for the weirest of prompts πŸ˜‰
    This one is a winner xo xo πŸ™‚

    • Jesi

      Thank you. No, the words weren’t forced on this one. Once I knew what I wanted to write about the words were easy to find. What I didn’t know was whether my emotion came through.

  • Cindy

    So, when I read this I thought about the Disney movie with Keiffer Sutherland and Tim Curry. I think Oliver Platt played Porthos and had this moment where he mocked someone with a sword and it reminded me that i probably would do that. thank you, Milady!! Beautiful poems, all of them. I am so glad to have gotten to know you through poetry and blogging. I do hope that we can miss in real life someday. Oh, the trouble we could get into (especially with Rod and Lizzi there too!) πŸ˜‰

    • Jesi

      I like the Disney version, too…but it was the one with John Malkovich as Athos that I had in mind, but yes, you are Oliver Platt mocking someone with a sword! (I love Oliver Platt.)
      I’m glad we’ve gotten to know each other, too. I live a very understated, quiet life and I’m trying to break out of it and live a bit louder.

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