A to Z Challenge NaPoWriMo Poetry

Penultimately Yours…

I think I failed today’s poetry prompt. We are supposed to write a review. It can be about anything, which did open up a lot of doors to me since today’s blogging letter of the day is Y. Except, I’m not so sure mine is a review. Although, in my head I see it as one. But that may just be me reaching way far out on that limb. I wrote a villanelle. Think of Dylan Thomas’s Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. Y’all can sound off in the comments whether or not you think I met my task or not.

xo Jesi


Yin and Yang

By Jessica Scott



Funny how a “Y” chooses the name,

Making a sun instead of a moon,

Life has a way of changing the game.


Now I take the blame,

My gender not always a boon.

Funny how a “Y” chooses the name.


But why should another “X” be to my shame?

Why must I be the one you impugn?

Life has a way of changing the game.


It seems to me that man’s rise to fame

Is a path he walks with roses strewn,

Funny how a “Y” chooses the name.


Yet behind that man is always a dame

Who smiles and sings a merry tune.

Life has a way of changing the game.


So, before you think her “yin” to defame,

Remember these words opportune…

Funny how a “Y” chooses the name,

Life has a way of changing the game.

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.

9 Replies to “Penultimately Yours…

  1. And in the end, in the end….?


    I probably could hazard a guess as to why this got to me, and why it was in you to write but I don’t want to dwell.

    VERY skilfully done though, my friend.

  2. Okay, so I am going to sing this (see if you get the reference) “Cast off the shackles of yesterday/Shoulder to shoulder into the fray/Our daughter’s daughters will adore us/And they’ll sing in grateful chorus/Well done sister suffragettes”

    I totally think it is perfect and I can see the review woven in the depth of the poem. I love your choice of villanelle too!! ~hugs~ You go girl!! 🙂

    1. OF COURSE I’d get that reference! Only one of my three favorite childhood movies EVER!!!!! My step-mom has the Mary Poppins doll!!!
      The subject was just a rant.

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