Real Men

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

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2 Responses

  1. cjswriting says:

    I wholeheartedly agree that the question of what makes a ‘real man’ is difficult to fully address. And the burdens on today’s real men are different than they once were. But I think you are pointing yours in the right direction and hopefully I’ll help my 3 sons on their way as well. Never hurts to have a strong and loving mama. 😉 Enjoy your music!!

    • I agree that men’s burdens are different. Women can have strong influences on men, especially our sons. I think we must go back to earlier influences and change our views of what we believe real men to be. My eldest son acts a lot like my ex at times. But he thinks about it afterwards and I’ve seen him change his actions after thinking about things. My second oldest son thinks about things beforehand and is more sensitive about his actions. The other two are still young but they have these other older influences and I’m hopeful they are learning from them.
      Plus, again, I am glad to see more male celebrities raising the bar for our young men. They have the means of changing perspectives if they will.

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