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The Scurry

a poem

By Ella ValentinePublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - March 2024
The Scurry
Photo by Shifaaz shamoon on Unsplash

The tips of your hair soak up

Your spine melts at the vision of me, you want to tell me everything; show me everything about this world as if I haven’t lived,

without constraints

you steal into my most shameful fantasies and you never dismay

Your naked and dying thoughts cling to every bit of me you can get a hold of before you notice me noticing you and scurry away

I imagine you wrapped up in my skin

Holding on


in every shiver I feel, every spasm of my soul

It doesn’t matter where you are

You’ve traveled the world just to learn we’re nothing

Ripe and heavy,

We jump from a sunny rooftop to a red carpet

and another

Showing off our pretty smiles - do we expect to be worshipped or are we just hanging out?

As time goes by, the whip-crack of the years, our irrational impulses, unspeakable emotions bottle up and never dare to explode

⁃ we are defeated in our prime -

And I dream; and I dream…

you’re still holding onto me.


About the Creator

Ella Valentine

A poet and screenwriter based between NYC, LA and London. I'd love to connect with fellow creatives - feel free to reach out to me!

Twitter: @_EllaValentine

Instagram: ella.vn

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  • Manisha Dhalani2 months ago

    Amazing poetry.

  • angela hepworth2 months ago

    the last three lines sent a chill down my spine. this is beautiful work

  • ROCK 2 months ago

    You were a gem to discover tonight, in Sweden just before I sleep. New subscriber and very impressed. I am captivated by your ability to reveal the nakedness in all of us.

  • Anthony Chan2 months ago

    Wow! Your words came to life in this great work!

  • Brin J.2 months ago

    "You've traveled the world just to learn we're nothing," When I read that line, I translate it to mean that their existence is nothing more than a shallow instant, occupying only a fraction of their time on earth. This was very poetic, intimate, and evocative.

  • Kodah2 months ago

    Beautiful poem💌Congrats on top story!! 💝

  • Congratulations on your top story !

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    For some reason, I feel like this is about the sea.

  • A. J. Schoenfeld2 months ago

    Wonderfully written. Your imagery was intoxicating. Favorite line: "As time goes by, the whip-crack of the years, our irrational impulses, unspeakable emotions bottle up and never dare to explode"

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