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Jagged Edges

Jagged edges
Tearing my heart
Fragile soul
Ripping apart
Fractured thoughts
Locked down inside
Like dynamite

Stop and breath
Cleanses deep
What's underneath
Fallen down
Alone and lost
A heavy cross

Jagged Edges
Smoothing with time
Shattered pieces
Hope shines in
Lighting the dawn
Inner demons
Have all withdrawn

Stop and breath
Cleanses deep
What's underneath
Rising up
Seeking the truth
Redemption found
My faith renewed

About this poem

Jagged Edges signifies the pain and torment suffered while facing insurmountable obstacles and lays the foundation for hope and survival.

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Written on May 07, 2017

Submitted by BetsyStephens on April 02, 2022

Modified on May 03, 2023

28 sec read

Quick analysis:

Scheme Abxbxxxx CDEFxxex Axaxxgxg CDEFxxxx
Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 489
Words 92
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 8, 8, 8, 8

Betsy Wokersien Stephens

Betsy spent her career working as a hairdresser. Now retired, she draws many of her writing inspirations from the years sharing life stories with her clients while they sat in the chair of her salon. Through each event celebrated, tragic event mourned, and secrets divulged, she gained an awareness of the much larger picture that exists outside her own perceptions and life experiences. more…

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  • luisestable1
    What is to be seen here is how this poem develops to give a happy ending and that becoming an uplifting poem.
    Nothing odd or complicated about the language which is simple but meaningful.
    Good read!
    LikeReply1 month ago
    • BetsyStephens
      Thanks, I really appreciate your feedback.
      LikeReply1 month ago
  • lovingempath
    Your short lines carry a powerful punch Betsy! WOW!
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • Philipo
    Fine work here. It is meant to have confusing and multiple meanings and that is what your work has.
    LikeReply 11 month ago
    • BetsyStephens
      Thank you!
      LikeReply1 month ago
    • Reil
      Your a well trained eye and saw right thru to the core. So many comments but yours rings true. There were questions but no one seemed to know the truth. But you do.
      LikeReply1 month ago
  • Soulwriter
    I like how the form reflects the content. You have touched many with your words. Thanks for sharing!
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • BetsyStephens
      Thank you so much! I appreciate your feedback.
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • dturtledove1998
    Molto bello Betsy! It touched me deep! Congratulations!
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • BetsyStephens
      Thank you! I appreciate your kind comment and support!
      LikeReply1 year ago
    • Reil
      With all due respect may I ask for a point of clarification? What exactly was insurmountable in your life situation refereed to in the poem?
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • abielias1
    Wow, a deserving win! Congratulations!
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • lynette_i
    Beautiful poem Betsy!
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • Reil
    wow im floored at these ideas just floored....
    LikeReply 21 year ago
  • acronimous
    Congratulations Betsy -- Well deserved!
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • maxb.38968
    I'm confused, I thought this was an April contest. Her poem was submitted on May 8th. Can someone explain this?
    LikeReply1 year ago
    • acronimous
      The submission date is actually the date when the poem became public -- not the date it was nominated for the contest.
      LikeReply1 year ago
    • Reil
      Will you please clarify the nomination thing. It came to me that any body who pays to have their submission entered into that months contest is called a nomination or am I missing the majik here?
      LikeReply1 year ago
    • Reil
      @acronimousWill you please clarify the nomination thing. It came to me that any body who pays to have their submission entered into that months contest is called a nomination or am I missing the majik here? I still feel it important to get an answer. 
      LikeReply11 months ago
    • acronimous
      Right, every poem that officially entered the contest can be referred to as a contest nominee.
      LikeReply11 months ago
  • niiccole_anne
    Because this is the beautiful process benefits & results of Meditation.
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • Kendallsanburn
    It captures the feelings of pain and suffering and hope for a better tomorrow in a way that makes sense to me. Its not too complicated and imaginative.
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • BetsyStephens
      Thank you for your kind feedback.
      LikeReply1 year ago
    • Reil
      I agree not too complicated or imaginative.
      LikeReply1 year ago


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