Even If My Hands Shake-A #1000Speak Post

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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13 Responses

  1. Lizzi says:

    You’re so, SO right…and it torments me when people take pleasure in divisiveness and causing dischord. It even upsets me when people rip the shit out of the Trumps, or David Cameron, just because the DOING of that ripping is so damaging – it promotes objectification and bullying and ridicule, even if the subjects of it never know – it’s an attitude thing and it really gets to me.

    I know I’ve been guilty of it in the past and I probably still am sometimes, but…geez, I really despair for what we’ve become, sometimes.

    • Jesi says:

      I’m guilty of certain kinds of thoughts, too. The difference is that I don’t act on them because I know that it’s me being impatient or misunderstanding. Sometimes the words do come out of my mouth but those times are SOOO much less now than they were at one time. Trump scares me; so does Hillary. But I’m not about to call them names or to do anything other than what is within my rightful power to do which is vote for what I believe to be right…or to choose to act on my right NOT to vote. It is my choices that define me, and I choose to live my life in a way that I can be proud of. I choose to love even if I don’t agree with other’s views and beliefs and actions. A few individuals will not force me to love less.

      • Lizzi says:

        They all scare me, but Trump most of all just because the people who seem to revere him seem to (in many ways) highlight a LOT of the thinking I struggle with.

        Whatever you do, it’s a tough choice πŸ™ I don’t envy you.

  2. bobcabkings says:

    Thank you, Jesi. The great tragedy of the current time seems to be that many who are afraid react by acting to amplify that fear into others and of others. I don’t know any simple way to deescalate such fear. It would help to have leaders who do not use fear to gain power and play at divide to conquer while saying empty words of unity. It would help if their constituents would have the courage and compassion to not let that work so well. As for doing small things, I’ll offer the wisdom of William Blake:

    He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars: general Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer, for Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars.

    • Jesi says:

      The only thing we can do is what we believe to be right and best for the whole despite all the power-hungry, fame-mongering, and fear running rampant. I can’t control how others react to someone else’s actions but I can control my own. I, too, wish the people would take two steps back and think before acting on their own fear and anger. But, they are not. And so, I have to have faith that the majority will not react the same way. It’s a huge leap of faith, but I believe in the goodness of people still. Most will do the right thing. Blake truly has the best quotes. πŸ™‚

  3. Dawn D says:

    I believe that part of the reason people are reacting that way is because education, particularly history, has become an aside instead of being central to our civilisations. When I see how history is being re-written in textbooks in Texas, I understand more easily where all the hatred comes from. When I see the media and politicians at work in Britain or France jumping to conclusions before having all the facts, or playing on people’s fears of the other so as not to have to take tough decisions, I am appalled too.
    When I see a dictator in rising use a failed coup (or was it a fake one fomented by himself to give himself the right to strike back without control?), I am not too hopeful either. But we are doing the same when we turn to fear and hate, when we allow our governments to take away our freedoms (travel, Internet and so on) in the name of safety.

    I wish we could all live in peace. I wrote a poem and would have posted it on the #1000 speak, but it’s on FB and I don’t wish to mix my two personas. So it’ll stay quietly on my blog. At least it helped me feel better that day.

  4. I wish it would stop as well. It’s nonsense. We’re all the same color underneath.

    • Jesi says:

      I know. But it’s not just this. It’s all the fraud and lies and drama. I’ve had enough of it in the last four years to last ten lifetimes.

  5. Yvonne says:

    Thank you for finding your courage to write when you feel so afraid. I’m so sorry to read that you feel so worthless. It can be hard to know what we can do when there’s so much violence in the world, but I think you are right that those of us who can write do need to keep writing, spreading love, helping to create loving change.

  6. Rowena says:

    Thanks so much for speaking up through your blog and being heard. I still believe that the pen will ultimately triumph over the sword!
    Have you ever read any of Maya Angelou’s works? I’m Australian and her work isn’t widely known here or, even known at all. I had seen her name in motivational quotes and ultimately decided to find out who she is. I’m currently reading: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Have you read it? I am finding it so inspirational.
    I’ve written a bit against terrorism on my blog and for 1000 speak, I had to stand up and be counted.
    Take care xx Rowena

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