Oh, The Irony…

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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28 Responses

  1. Ohhh, I really like this! And relate. Good job!

  2. Anna S says:

    Once I managed to read it (my eyes don’t work in spirals), I liked it. I think most of us can relate at one point or another…including the eye-crossed feeling induced by trying to read in spirals. 😉

  3. Oh yeah! And mine took all damn day, too! 🙂

  4. I want to throw something at you… but was well worth reading 🙂

  5. Perfectly expressed, awesome job! Glad you were able to show up to the page. And remember, the prompts are only suggestions, you are free to write what and however you choose. But I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this.

    • Jesi says:

      I know they’re only suggestions. I’m just teasing you. I love the prompts and take them as a challenge because it helps me strengthen those weak areas…like shape poetry. LoL
      And I’m glad you liked it and that you showed up, too.

  6. Dawn D says:

    See… you showed up on the shape poetry. I gave up right away, knew there was going to be no time!
    Good job! Well done as well, though I was tempted to read it from the outside in, giving an even worse impression of falling in! But as I said… I didn’t even show up completely for this challenge, so who am I to give advice? 😉
    (and don’t worry, I’m one of the 20% of people, I can read upside down, sideways, when you change letters for numbers and so on 😉 )
    Well done Jesi!
    (and your best is more than enough 🙂 )

    • Jesi says:

      I’m so glad you got the idea of falling in! That’s what I was trying to convey with the spiral and black hole idea. And for the record, I’m part Irish so I’ve got a bit of that Maureen O’Hara stubbornness. Giving up was not an option. LoL

      • Dawn D says:

        I laughed at the Maureen O’Hara comment! I tended to be stubborn too. I gave up on that a lot, because I realised that I was expecting too much of myself. At times it was paralysing me (if it couldn’t be perfect, then I’d better not start it) and at times depressing when I didn’t achieve what I wished for and thought bad of myself. Yesterday, I knew that the time constraints were never going to allow me to work on the shape. So I decided not to even try it.
        You, however, did magnificently! I’m glad you persevered!

  7. You stay in the game. Fantastic shape poem!

  8. Cindy says:

    This is awesome, Jesi. So true. I’ve felt that way too.

    I also do not like shape poetry, but you, Milady, win today. I don’t know how you made that, but daymn! Please tell me, how you made it, so I can practice it on my next shape poem.

    • Jesi says:

      I have a fantastic computer guy who loves me lots. I have no idea how he did it. But I told him what I wanted and he made it happen.

  9. ghostmmnc says:

    That is really cool!

    • Jesi says:

      Thank you! I love when a phrase takes hold and the poem ends up writing itself.

    • Jesi says:

      You know what..never mind…I’m insane today…I thought I was responding to today’s poem, not yesterday’s. LOL
      Thanks. It wasn’t easy. There was a lot of effort between two people to get that spiral effect to work with the poem.

  10. This was indeed initially a slight challenge to consider reading … at least your tip of starting inside out helped guide me – otherwise I might have been inclined to throw something at you and your computer guy who put it all together 😉 something soft though – perhaps a feather pillow?

    I’m not a huge fan of shaped poetry – but sometimes it suits an idea of theme very well – and such is the case here. It is very effective.

    As for the despair – of not being ‘enough’ – we all experience it – especially when we have so much happening – but if “good enough” is simply not “enough” then let them be damned. Best is best – it’s a difficult lesson to learn and appreciate – as for showing up – even to scribble – well, it’s allowing the strength of the spark that rests in retreat in the spirit that needs to be flamed into life …. that and sometimes a healthy dose of stubbornness 😉

    Great job 🙂

    • Jesi says:

      LOL. I have the stubborness down.
      And thank you for these words. They’re awesome.
      I like reading shaped poetry because, as you said, it suits sometimes. But writing it can definitely be a challenge. Still, what doesn’t challenge me makes me weaker. I like challenges and am up for most anything. Well, at least in writing. 😉

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