OctPoWriMo,  Poetry

A Poem A Day for 31 Days

Hands2SMy friend CJ, whom I reference often, has decided to do a challenge: write 31 poems in 31 days. It’s called OctPoWriMo. She tweeted me and thought I’d be interested, but I really thought it would be too much for me to do this month. October is terribly busy with kids in band and elementary school happenings like fall carnivals and parent/teacher conferences. However, I’ve been reading CJ’s poem submissions for the challenge, and it’s inspired me to try. But I’m behind. By several days. So, I thought I’d play catch up. I’ll write two poems until I get each day up to the current one done. Sound good? I didn’t say I wasn’t crazy…lunaticpoet, hello.

OctPoWriMo Day 9 Do I have to
Day 9 OctPoWriMo Prompt



Why I Do it 

By Jessica Scott

Don’t stop, she said to me,

You can do it, you have a gift.

Her belief a present wrapped in gilt.

And that is why I continue tenaciously onward

Pounding my words onto the keys

Filling empty white space

With black digital ink.



I escaped
Day 1 OctPoWriMo Prompt

By Jessica Scott

I got stuck halfway through the process,

Limbs akimbo, hair askew.

I thought this would be easy

But, no.

Things earned are hard.

I tried it once before

but they told me I couldn’t

do it that way.

Because it wasn’t their way,

And so

I walked away;

gave up before I even began.

But it nagged at me,

Kept saying my name,

Told me to try, just try.

And so I began.  It took a long time.

A thought

-thin as spider silk-

Wrapped around and around

Until I was cocooned halfway up with

Thoughts spilling out until I got confused.

Where did I begin,


How to get to the end?

But it worked,

and I immersed myself inside this cell

waiting to burst forth

and reveal

my wings.

Jesi Scott is an aspiring writer of novels, a poet, and blogger. She has guest-blogged over at The Well-Tempered Bards, and has a post featured at For Love Of…. Jesi has two poems published in Memories of Mist, a literary anthology, and one published story in a newsletter. She is currently working on releasing her first poetry collection as well as writing her first novel. When not writing, Jesi can be found getting lost in bookstores, singing and dancing around the house, experiencing culture with friends, and generally having fun with her four sons when they aren’t driving her weeping into her closet, which she calls her Padded Cell. She loves to rescue stray bookmarks, as well as books, and has opened her heart to any and all stories needing a home. Archery is her current favorite thing ever but you might want to stand back a little as she still has a tendency to drop the bow occasionally.


    • Jessica

      Thank you! So glad you like them. I know why they feel similar. It’s because I’m a little emotional tonight. My biggest baby turned 18 today. Feelin’ it hard. LoL

  • cjswriting

    I knew you’d be great at this! Thanks for the first poem. You give me far more credit than I deserve. But the second poem- just so good. Really beautiful. You make it look easy.

    So glad you are participating. Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

    • Jessica

      Humility is strong in you, padawan. You don’t give yourself nearly enough credit, so I have to. 🙂

      And thanks! Not sure how I make it look easy but I’m glad if it encourages you, too.
      As for the challenge, I like challenges. Brings out the best in me, I think.

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