Transparent Walls

Admiring someone from behind
these transparent walls
only adds to the guilt
of strengthening them.

Just when I start
to have hope,
like others before
I watch them give up and walk away.

If only it were obvious
that it wasn’t meant
to keep anyone away
nor is it my prison.

To help ease the pain,
I find a way to reinforce
the damage they did
for the next person to try.

I’ve convinced myself,
after so many failed attempts,
that I’ve closed-off my heart
when I’ve had it open this whole time.

I don’t need someone
to save me—
I want someone strong enough
to need me.

*Image by 500px.com

Bedroom Battle Scars

I’m not a knight
that most women dream of having
or what some people
aren’t used to seeing.
Doffing my armor,
let me “show and tell” you
about my bedroom battle scars.

At first glance,
you’ll notice the singes
from hand-prints that once
scorched my chest.

Along my abdomen,
passed the many wax burns,
are two sets of initials—
permanently etched 
and burdened to carry.

Looking at my wrists,
you’ll see healed bruise marks—
having been rubbed raw from
being hand-cuffed or tied down. 

Born with a
bullseye beauty mark
on my bottom lip,
it’s an obvious target 
that’s been gnawed
and preyed upon.

While you’re there,
take a look at my neck.
It gives me chills
thinking about
all the bite marks
that once excited me.

Turning around,
you’ll see angel wings
scratched across my shoulder blades.
It’s not as prominent
on the small of my back
or behind my thighs
but there were a few.

Each scar has its story 
and they’re not fairy tales.
I’m a knight forever bound to her fire.
The hotter, tougher,
rougher, and wilder—
the better my skills 
will remain a myth to many. 

*Image from Pinterest

Letter #7

To your eyes this Saturday,

It’s already the last weekend of June! This has been one heck of a month! May this find you…you know the deal 😉.

Before getting into my letter monologue, I’m going to get “bubbly” for a bit.


For my treasured writers, readers, and commenters…

Without you, I don’t think I would’ve kept up with poetry blogging. Whatever reason you write for, whether it’s therapeutically, for entertainment, or sharing personal/intimate things, I want you to know that I cherish those bits of you and keep them close—okay, I hoard them in my Favorite’s List (sue me).

I have tried different ways to express this feeling in these letters. And to me, it’s never enough. What I’m trying to say is I’m nothing without you.

I’m not the writer I’ve dreamt of being.

I’m not the Reader that I am without the Writer in you.

Most of all, I’m not the friend/supporter I ever saw myself  after years of pushing people away who tried to get close to me.

I know that “Thank You’s” are repetitive and can dull over time.

So how about this, I tidied up a place in my heart especially for you. It’s where you belong and it’s where I’ll keep you (you’re all mine *Evil laugh 😈), even when we’re not writing.

Okay, enough of being bubbly.


I was debating whether I should do a Personal Audio Entry but I think these letters greatly make up for it—now that I’ve mentioned it, I need to get back into recording some audio poems (who knows, I’ll even try a Saturday poem too).

Between balancing work and writing, I was planning on keeping the three to four post upload schedule for the weekends. It gives me time to do my “adult” stuff and keep up with reading everyone’s posts. I don’t think it’s bad—I hope it’s not bad 😅. 


I know that June has been emotionally and creatively draining for some—understandable. Yours truly wants to help break that cycle.

Jar of Poetry has done what most blogs have or are doing already:

  • Wrote/Shared/Reblogged

  • Followed/Commented

  • Recorded audio poetry (I’ve been lazy but I did do a few)

  • Organized a Poetry Contest

  • Handed out Poetry Prompts

  • Highlighted/Showcased Writers and their work

What did this site not accomplish yet?! 

I still haven’t done any Collaborations yet—weird, right?! To be honest, I’ve never done a Collaborative Poem. After doing some research and reading at how boring the roles are (the one time I read it all the way through 🙄🤣), I’d like to give it a try—and also make it less boring in the process.

Here’s what I propose.

It would be an honor to work with you to write a poem. It can be a “response” type or “a few lines” to make a whole one—just remember, I suck at literary etiquette. I will do my best to accommodate and incorporate my style to blend with yours. It doesn’t matter to me if you’re new or have been poetry blogging for a while. I think it would be really cool to try something new with another writer.

This is strictly for entertainment and performance but most of all, it’s to accomplish something I haven’t done on this site.

By doing this, here’s what you’re in for:

  • You will decide on the genre, topic, message, and/or style and

  • Whether it’ll be posted on Saturday or Sunday (EST)

I’ll be upfront and tell you I can’t pay you like I did the Poetry Contest.

With that said, I’m still trying to work out how to go about doing this. The only two solutions I came to were:

1) by email or
2) by sending the interested writer(s) a special invite and authorizing a Role for them on JOP so we can work ‘incognito’ before it goes up.

I know that it’s easier to just write it and go from there. But I want to be able to pick their brain and ask, “why that particular style?” or “what’s the overall message that we’re trying to bring out?”—me just being a poetry nerd.

*Very Important Note:

There are very few people I trust on WordPress and only a pinch-full I wouldn’t hesitate giving this opportunity to. The “Special Invite” isn’t open for just anyone.

Once the Collab poem is finished and after it goes up, I would love to add a complimentary post about the experience working with that person. It will range from writing what it was like working with this person; it could be an interview-style type post; or a Top Five List of questions for them to answer. 

I’m still trying to work out the specifics but I would really love to do a Collab Month for July. If you’re interested, let me know in the Comments or send me an email (jarofpoetry@gmail.com).


To help close this letter off, here’s is the audio recording of my ukulele playing skills. It’s short but I think you’ll enjoy it!

From my heart to yours,
John

Finger-picking Cover