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Xs, Os and Ws

Abecedarian thoughts

By Cathy holmesPublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 1 min read
photo by Noah Buscher on Unsplash

All the steps I’ve taken

between there and here

can be seen in the where,

detailed in the when and,

etched in the memory of the who.

Forged on my mind in an endless

game of tic-tac-toe.

Have you done this?

I think you should try that.

Just give him a chance.

Kiss your future goodbye.

Let the path lead you if you choose the right one.

Maybe it’s too late. Maybe it was never meant to be.

Never say never.

Obstacles revisited are not obstacles, just

pylons tossed

quizzically onto the

roadway of the hows and whys that

shape the journey long

travelled. And on those travels,

unless modesty be my tormentor, and

vanity my champion,

who cares if I never worried about the

Xs, so long as I crossed off the Os.

Yesterday is done and I have

zero time left for regret.

Stream of ConsciousnessFree Verse

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Cathy holmes

Canadian family girl with a recently discovered love for writing. Other loves include animals and sports.

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  • Bonnie Bowerman2 days ago

    Ah freedom! Loved it!

  • This poems makes me think of the phrase "The past is set in stone, the future may be a worry, but right now is a gift and that's why they call it the present." This poem also has a feminine sense of stoicism. It's carefully reserved but still facing the future steadfast as "we all face the future with the weapons that we have prepared today." So, hopefully that chance You gave him was the right path and that the obstacles to You were nothing more than little speed bumps along the way.

  • Naomi Gold22 days ago

    This is so empowering. The final line is a real mic drop and words to live by.

  • Joe O’Connor26 days ago

    The flow is great, and this runs smooth even with the letter constraints. Nice!

  • Kristen Balyeat26 days ago

    Fantastic entry! Flowed beautifully, and loved the message! Great work, Cathy!!! 💞

  • Leslie Writesabout a month ago

    Great entry, Cathy!

  • Wow! Excellent poem! Great ending!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago


  • sleepy draftsabout a month ago

    This is beautiful and such an encouraging poem.💗

  • L.C. Schäferabout a month ago

    This flows so seamlessly, I was at U before I realised it was an abc one 😁

  • Novel Allenabout a month ago

    I love the last two lines the best. Yesterdays regrets only brings sadness, let's be done and forge ahead. I take this one very much to heart. Onwards and upwards.

  • Thank you for taking us through this in this form. Great challenge entry

  • Oneg In The Arcticabout a month ago

    Ohhhh you nailed this. Love how you played with the last few letters. I’ve seen so many toss in fancy words, but sometimes you don’t have to overcomplicate to get the letters checked off!

  • Donna Fox (HKB)about a month ago

    Cathy this was great! I love the stream of consciousness type of style and your cleverness with some of the trickier letters!

  • Well said, Cathy. Forward, ho!

  • Celia in Underlandabout a month ago

    Flows so perfectly x Fantastic entry! And love the title!

  • Ava Mackabout a month ago

    Wonderful, Cathy! And love that you built the poem kind of around that very tricky letter "X"!

  • Caroline Cravenabout a month ago

    This is so good and so clever. I didn’t even realize it was for the challenge as it flowed so seamlessly. Fab.

  • Lamar Wigginsabout a month ago

    Ha! cool title and great poem. You have a clever way of weaving words in your poems. They always arrive at a thought-provoking message... Well done as always, Cathy!

  • Ward Norcuttabout a month ago

    This is a good piece, Cathy. Creating a rhythm and story in alphabetical order is a task... nicely done!

  • Natasha Collazoabout a month ago

    Beautiful entry!!♥️

  • Jabout a month ago

    There's a bit in the Tao Te Ching this reminded me of. I'm paraphrasing, but essentially it says that acknowledging and understanding the reality of your obstacles renders them ineffective, i.e. "know thine enemy and spoiler alert, it's you". You took that and slapped a hard "doesn't have to be" on here that I think a lot of us would be blessed to remember more often.

  • Heather Hublerabout a month ago

    That last line!!!!! So much 'yes' to this, my friend :) Loved the entry.

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Love the flow and the Xs and O. Brilliant last line!!!💕❤️❤️

  • J. Delaney-Howeabout a month ago

    Excellent piece! I've struggled with this challenge. Lol

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