I Accept Your Challenge and Another Chapter Begins

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.

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15 Responses

  1. I like the spirit. Very well penned.

  2. Cindy says:

    Jess, This is beautiful and touching. Thank you for sharing. <3

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Cindy. 🙂

      • Cindy says:

        Next to meet your Face, Jess, after reading your beautifully touching and personal poetry it is a pleasure to meet you practically face to face (almost). Your voice is wonderful too! ~extends hand to you~ Hi! 🙂

        • Jessica says:

          ~shakes hands~
          Hi, Cindy! Nice to meet (sort of) you, too!
          And thanks for the compliment on my voice. I went through 5 tries to get just this one video because I was so nervous. Believe it or not but I nearly went into doing audiobooks back in my early twenties. Was nearly recruited for a politcal campaign for cold calling because they thought I had the perfect voice for it. Too bad I hated calling anyone. LOL.

  3. lrconsiderer says:

    HEYYYYY! So nice to ‘meet’ you 🙂 You have a lovely voice. I’m glad you did this, even if I chickened out 😀 I liked hearing you read. The last one is my favourite – it’s really good.

    And the written one here – such power in that ending, and such determination! Oy! Great stuff 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Lizzie! I came tthhhiiiiissss close to chickening out. You should read the poem I wrote for Morgan. LOL
      But I have been trying to kick myself out of my comfort zones and it’s been worth it. But I was so nervous doing that. 😉 And thanks on the compliment about my voice. I was kind of worried about how I looked and sounded. I nearly didn’t put it up.
      And that last one…definitely for my dad. And yeah, I have lots of determination. Took me a long time to realize that being stubborn and persistent was NOT always a bad thing.

      • lrconsiderer says:

        As one who is stubborn and pig-headed (no, wait, ‘persistent’ is much better, isn’t it?), I can quite understand. I use it to my advantage as much as to my detriment, I think.

        You sound good. I’m glad you put it up 🙂

        Which poem did you write for Morgan?

        I’m on vlog…elsewhere in the internet – it’s not that I’d have a problem doing it (okay, right this second NOW, I would, because I’m in a crappy top with my hair still wet and tangly from the shower…but in principle) – it’s just I haven’t made TIME.

        #Jessica week starts tomorrow and I’m going to be running around after that like a blue-arsed fly, but it’s going to be SO MUCH FUN, and hey – BOOK!, 🙂

        • Jessica says:

          ROFL…I didn’t put the poem up for Morgan because of the title and I was afraid it might come across wrong, though I think the poem i splayful and teasing.

          Time schmime…there’s never enough of it and, yeah, you will be pretty busy. Surprised you’ll even get anything written.

          • lrconsiderer says:

            I *so* wanna see that poem now…DANGIT you’re a tease!

            Hopefully I can combine the two things, but we’ll see! So far so good!

            (srsly you’re not gonna share?)

            • Jessica says:

              Hahaha!
              I am a tease…

              Tell you what…tomorrow after I get my post up, I’ll create a ‘blind’ page with the poem on it. (not that it’s bad…and I probably can put it up but you know how some people might not get the nature of it) And then I’ll DM you the link through Twitter. Sound like a plan?

  4. Jesi I like everything about this page. Your personal story, you reading there (three!) of your poems, the introduction of your reading and the beautiful new poem. I love how easy you are to listen to. It’s your voice, the tempo, your articulation, and the way you are connected to your poems.

    Great accomplisment!

    • Jessica says:

      You made me cry!
      Thank you so much! I do have to laugh about the articulation. I don’t receive that compliment very often. Being born and raised in Texas, I am an odd duck because I do not have the traditional Texas accent. But you should hear my whole family. Thick accents the lot of them, 🙂
      And I’m so happy you like the page. That means a lot to me. Hemingway said “write one true sentence” so I try to practice that. So, thank you so much!

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