A to Z Challenge,  Blog,  NaPoWriMo,  Poetry

Oh, The Irony

In case you are wondering, my head does feel better today. The headache is now just a small throb that I only feel if I move too fast. So, I’m going to move slow and take it easy today. And it’s a good thing because today’s challenges made me stop and go “hmm.” (Now I want to hear that song-damn earworms.)

So, as you know, Blogging A to Z has us using the letters of the alphabet to write a post and we do this every day in April except Sundays. (26 letters in the alphabet, 30 days in April minus Sundays-26 days of posts). I am taking part in that challenge as well as the National Poetry Writing Month challenge (30 poems in 30 days during National Poetry Month). NaPoWriMo, as it’s called, offers optional prompts for us to use, and I have combined both challenges. I use the prompts from NaPoWriMo, and I try to find some way of tying the poem into the Blogging challenge letter of the day (now I feel like watching Sesame Street for some reason). I’ve had a few combinations that did force me into thinking outside of the box on how to incorporate subject matter/theme/title around something that began with a specific letter. To say that I’m being challenged is an understatement. And it’s a blast. Today’s NaPoWriMo challenge made me do a double take. We have to do what?

We have to write an abecedarian. That is pronouced: A B C darian. What is abesa…absa…that word? It is a poem using the letters of the alphabet to write a poem. You can write a 26 line poem where each line uses successive letters of the alphabet to begin the first word of the line, or you can write a poem using 26 words where each word begins with the letter of the alphabet. See what they did there?

Cue *face palm*.

Oh, the irony. (Or is it coincidence-where IS Richard Castle when you need him?) I have to write an ABC poem. *head/table-groan*

But I did it. Actually, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, even considering that I had to tie it in somehow with the letter I. I think it isn’t that bad. I could be wrong, though. If I am, oh well. You give it a try and do better. 😉

xo Jesi



By Jessica Scott





Breathes in guilt’s shame,

Consuming it, changing it,

Determining a new path,

Eager to begin again.




Forgive me my trespasses, Father,

Grant me peace.

Hear my plea, oh Lord-

Incantations to a deity,

Judge and jury to spiritual infractions.

Karma is a bitch they say;

Lead us not into temptation.




Melodramatic mockery to

Negotiate the ransom for

One’s immortal soul.

Pacify the gods,

Qualify the conditions;

Ramifications could be





Transformation of the soul

Unaccustomed to discipline,

Vague ideas of truth and morality.

Wander alone in a

Xenophobic condition,

Yearning for absolution, looking for

Zion’s forgiveness.

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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