Day Sixteen – NanoPoblano – Poem/Poetry – “Show & Tell” by David Ellis

Hello to you all once again, the dearest of all my dearest friends.

It’s Day Sixteen of NanoPoblano AKA National Blog Posting Month (but with Cheer Peppers spicing it up to the nines!) and I’m back with another televisual treat, courtesy of the book of faces.

Check out the Facebook Live performance of my latest poem.


This poem is another free form one that I was inspired to write from thinking about the notion of show and tell in stories, along with how much of ourselves we put on display and what lies beneath the surface.

If you would like some alternative poetry prompts to help you write your way into creating your own perfect little piece of poetic real estate then give these links below a go:-

OctPoWriMo 2017

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer at Writer’s Digest

And here is my poem in written form, for those of you who prefer to read lyrics while eating their breakfast (or lunch/dinner/brunch/a bedtime snack, I don’t care, just so long as you read it and enjoy it 😉 )



Photo by Free-Photos From Pixabay

“Show & Tell” by David Ellis

Can’t truly protect yourself from pain
Every time you cross the line
You’ll always be the last to know
Difference is you can carry the weight now

When there is nothing left for us to lose
The world can’t wait to take a piece of you
Yet, if we don’t live to give
And just breathe to receive
Can’t complain if our only friends
Are regret and silence as company

The more you show, the less you tell
You only hurt yourself, if the truth remains within you
In between the darkness that exists in the heart of the light
There is so much that could have been said
So little of it that matters in the end
Only a kiss or kind words can guide us out

Our only defence against ghosts from the past
Sweep away the remains of the day and start again
Escape the trap we often find ourselves in
The pleasure revisited cannot justify the pain
Every time you cross the line
It could tear you apart with a gentle twist
Stop looking for a place of acceptance
You’re right here, where you need to be
Falling further when you take no risks
Forever only makes sense when things change


Still want more? I have also pilfered a selection of other posts from fellow Cheer Peppers for their Day Sixteen entries, so you can sample all of their delights until there are tears in your eyes (didn’t your Mother tell you not to rub them when handling spice?) 🙂

When you’re feeling a little meh… – The Heartsongs Blog – Journeying back to my heart

Frozen Farm Track At Sunrise – Consolation’s Many Forms – The Miracle of the Commonplace

Values to the rescue – Stop procrastinating now!

honk (I shit you not – pt 2) – Litterbox Riot

Statistically Speaking – loristory – flights of fancy to parts unknown

Affective – – fictionary…8 megapixel artist…bloody awful poet.

Why I Am Going To Stop Writing..for… – NamySaysSo – Perspectives, Inspirations & LifeHacks For Women

SPOTLIGHT FEVER – Shining Seeds – writing myself into wellness

Nano Poblano 2017- 30 Days of Haiku- Day 16 – The Illusion Of Controlled Chaos

i’m ranting today – memoirs of an unremarkable man


Video Editting – Icing Cookies – Just A Little Bit Sweet

NaNoPoblano 2017 – Day 16 (November 16): Kitten Thursday! – Zombie Flamingos – A journey into bloggerdom


Internet Ignorance – BLENDED IN THE MIDDLE


Jessie’s Tip of the Day: Raccoon Baiting – Behind The Willows

Almost – Fresh Off The Pad Poetry – Poetry from nothing. Inspired by Anything.

A Thanksgiving planner. – Bug Bytes By Julie Burton


5 thoughts on “Day Sixteen – NanoPoblano – Poem/Poetry – “Show & Tell” by David Ellis

    • TY Charlene. That line is one of my favourites too, I wanted to convey the burden of sorrow and how we adjust to it in our lives. I’m glad you liked it and that it moved you, I try to strive to make an emotional connection with my words whenever possible and I’m sure that if I touch nerves that it will be cathartic for the individual in the end to have read them. Appreciate your kind words and sentiment.

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