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 Kay
Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at www.octpowrimo.com.

4 Replies to “A Poem A Day for 31 Days

    1. 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

  1. 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. 🙂

    1. 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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