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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We, the Poetic Musketeers. All for one, and one for all. Huzzah!

Have a grand Tuesday!

xo Jesi


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.

9 Replies to “X is for…

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

    See my words at:

  2. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
    This one is a winner xo xo ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. 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.

  3. 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!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. 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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