Lesley Young – Selected Poems #12

Jekyll and Hyde Us 

Jekyll and Hyde you,
Hold me tight in the morning,
Say that I’m lovely, stroke our worries away.
Then somehow, and always surprisingly,
Strike me down in the evening,
With daggers drawn. 

Jekyll and Hyde I,
Feel safe in your arms,
Lulled into fantasy that things are okay.
Then somehow, and always surprisingly,
I manage to spoil things,
And (because I’m not perfect), I blame it on you. 

Jekyll and Hyde you,
Seek to define and to place me,
(In your dictionary of life I have no recognised entry).
So, somehow, convinced I am reckless
You will never forgive me,
And say it’s my choice to cry.  

Jekyll and Hyde we,
Miscommunicate well,
Venus and Mars have nothing on us!
And predictably, I am lost in the silence
You can’t end with talking,
‘Though its talk that might help in the end.

Jekyll and Hyde I,
Seek to please or defy you.
My dream of us fades and keeps turning to war.
And somehow, feeling so wounded 
In this living nightmare,
I find no peace to sleep. 

Yet Jekyll and Hyde you,
Have no trouble with sleeping,
Can put us aside in your head for a while.
Whilst Jekyll and Hyde I, 
Pace the floor and write poems,
That often have nothing – or too much – to say. 

So Jekyll and Hyde we,
Continue regardless,
Make plans for next Christmas as though nothing’s wrong.
And somehow try to keep up the loving,
But also this hurting, 
We know what we want, we just can’t find our way. 

Lesley Young Poet and WriterLesley Young – Writer and Poet

Lesley specialises in helping senior managers in the NHS and not for profit sectors to cope with the challenges they face in bringing about sustainable change.  She has also run her own organisational consultancy business since 2010, and is an accredited and experienced life and business coach.

But Lesley is first and foremost a writer and poet and has been writing for more than 30 years.  She likes her writing to be of the moment and immediate, which means that she leans mostly towards poetry and short stories.  She has been a member of the Scarborough Writers’ Circle for 8 years, where she currently holds the committee role of publicity and website officer.

Lesley is passionate about making a difference.  The healing powers of poetry, and the written and spoken word, underpin and feature in Lesley’s work always.  She has a growing interest in storytelling and memoir, and has several projects in the pipeline – one of which is to develop her interest in running writing retreats, and the other to publish some of her own writing.

To find out more about Lesley visit: integracoaching.uk.com


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