Once Upon a Time There Was Silence

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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15 Responses

  1. cjswriting says:

    Wow! Love the matchstick one! Very cool

  2. Cindy says:

    The Silence ones are pretty powerful. All of them are really good. Thanks! 🙂

  3. Fida says:

    I really like the first stanza of the first poem and I loved the others too. Thanks for sharing!

  4. shanjeniah says:

    We’re kindred spirits on the fairy tales. I was also about 11 when I discovered Hans Christian Andersen, and The Matchstick girl was a character I could empathize with…no one was forcing me to sell matches, but – well, I had a volatile childhood life.

    My own children are 13 and 10 now, and we’ve explored the original Grimm CInderella stories, complete with foot-slicing to make that slipper fit…

    Coincidentally, when my daughter was a toddler, I dubbed her the Tiny Tornado, and it fit. She’s since evolved into the Force of Nature she is today…may you enjoy yours, even amidst the lovely chaos!

    All of these poems are gorgeous and powerful, with the beauty of deep truth. I’m so glad you shared!

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you so much!

      I love the original tales. I really do. I got into Ellen Datlow and terri Windling’s revamped fairy tale series back in the 90s which I thought was just fantastic.

      Yes, my three yr old is a Tornado, a force of nature. He strikes fast and does a lot of damage before you can take a breath. LOL And I love him so much, even though I spend more time cleaning walls, tile, fixing broken things everywhere. I’m sure you understand.

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