Friday’s Features: Poetry 180 and The Pink Car

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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10 Responses

  1. Dawn D says:

    I like the poem, I like your post too. It reminds me of my surprise once when I was shopping in Target with my then 4 or 5 months old baby girl. She was wearing a yellow T-shirt and a navy blue bloomer with embroidered fruits in the front. And I was basically told off by a total stranger because she wasn’t wearing pink, she was wearing boy colours. Since when is yellow a boy colour? And navy blue? Not in my culture! But kids in the states are taught from so early on that pink is for girls and blue is for boys that they don’t even want to think it could be differently. I find it quite sad really!

    • Jessica says:

      I took a child psychology class when I was in college/university. It was a really great class, and I learned a lot from it. But the one thing I took from it and applied in my own life was this theory about color and children. There was a study done on developing infants where they had several different groups. One group had normal/average mental abilities meaning they were born with no mental handicaps. A second group were down syndrome children and another were autistic spectrum. Each group was then separated into three different sub-groups. One sub-group was exposed to only pastels more than other colors, another to bright colors more than pastels, and the last was equally exposed. Then their motor abilities were tested after a length of time. The result was that for each main group the sub-group that was exposed to bright colors developed earlier and had higher intelligence abilities than those exposed to pastels. The sub-group that was exposed to both equally developed normally with some infants prefering bright colors to the pastels anyway. The children exposed to pastels also developed normally. But the biggest difference were the kids with down’s syndrome and autism…they responded to color better and faster than the ‘normal’ children. It impressed me so much that I used bright colors around my kids when they were infants as much as possible. I don’t have anything against pastels but it just made sense to me. After all kids are attracted to bright colors anyway.
      And it didn’t matter what colors I dressed my boys in, I still got asked if they were a boy or a girl when they were little. And when my niece was a baby I always bought her navy blue or hunter green dresses because they complemented her eyes. And I like yellow on little girls as much as I like light purple on little boys. People need to reset their brains.

    • Jessica says:

      And sorry for the essay. 😉

      • Dawn D says:

        Why sorry?
        What essay? 😉

        I agree 100%!
        And having lived in a few different countries, I can tell you it’s worse in America :-/

        • Jessica says:

          Oh I know it is…I can’t tell you how many times here in Texas people just lose it if girls don’t wear ‘girl’ colors or boys don’t wear ‘manly’ colors. It drives me nuts. And then they wonder what’s wrong with those of us who think ‘screw it, I’m going to do what I want.”

  2. Fida says:

    That is so true in the poem you shared from Collins. I enjoyed the other poem too. Thank you.

  3. Dawn D says:

    I agree too. Sometimes, a poem touches me without having to dissect it, study its rhythm, rhymes and so on.
    And sometimes, my analytical self still feels the need to do it 😉

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