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 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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