How Came What Came Alas by Heidi Lynn Nilsson

One of the activities that I’ve been doing every day is reading from this book:

mediumEach day has a poem scheduled for reading, and I’ve added that to my daily routine. I have been enjoying it immensely. There are some incredible poems in the book. One of them that I have not been able to get out of my head is How Came What Came Alas by Heidi Lynn Nilsson*-which I read Januaury 11th . I have read it along with each day’s poem ever since. It is becoming a part of me now. I love the wording and the sound. I love reading it out loud and how it sinks deeper into my skin with each reading.

The wonderful thing about poetry is that you interpret the poem for yourself. As a poet, I write what I am feeling or thinking or experiencing, but you decode for yourself how my poem makes you feel, think, and how it speaks to you. I have no idea what Ms. Nilsson is writing about. But that is not what is important. I have made a connection to this poem. Something about it has spoken to my Soul, and touched something deeper in my consciousness. That is more important, in my opinion, than understanding what the poem is about.

Click here to read the poem from the book:

How Came What Came Alas by Heidi Lynn Nilsson

I hope it speaks to you as it did to me.

xo Jesi


*First published in Pleiades, vol. 19, no. 2, Summer 1999

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.

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