A to Z Challenge Blog NaPoWriMo Poetry

Shakespeare Had It Right

You’ll be seeing two separate posts today. One for yesterday that I completely missed, and today’s current one (which may come later today). Yesterday was Tornado’s birthday and I was busy beyond belief. Plus, we have begun storm season in the DFW metroplex and lately we’ve been getting a lot of rain. I haven’t actually seen the weather act like this since I was in elementary school. We’ve had only a handful of sunny days since April began. April showers indeed.

Alright, back to our regular programing. Yesterday’s letter was Q and the poetry prompt was to write what you know. What I know constantly changes; knowledge updates every decade. So, what I know today changes by tomorrow. There are times I always know more than I should, and, sometimes, what I know makes me feel so very old. With knowledge should come wisdom but I think that wisdom is more a combination of trial and error, experience and maturity. I took my cue, and my Q word, from Shakespeare, who answered the challenge “write what you know” better than ever I could.

Happy Birthday, Will!

xo Jesi


Quintessence of Dust

By Jessica Scott



The spirit made flesh, wonder of the animals,

Child of the heavens made from the dust of stars.

Yet, what is this quintessence of dust?

More than just the sum of the parts,

More than the invisible soul.

We are who we are with parts broken,

Pieces missing,

Gears needing oiling to keep from rusting.

What is this quintessence of dust?

Carbon and minerals, flesh and blood,

Soul and physical form.

What a piece of work is man.


“What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how
infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and
admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like
a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet,
to me, what is this quintessence of dust?”

Hamlet Act 2, Scene 2

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.

6 Replies to “Shakespeare Had It Right

  1. FRIST. You had me from the start. Funny, I was just using this passage as a quote for my WIP. You know all you have to do is start quoting Hamlet and you have my undivided attention. I like how you incorporated them. Depressing poem, of course, but good.

    1. 🙂
      LOL Wasn’t meant to be depressing, just thought-provoking, though Hamlet is kind of a depressing play. But I love Hamlet. I love “what is this quintessence of dust?” Something about it has always pulled at me.

      1. There’s another line that I never understood until recently — Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d his canon ‘gainst self-slaughter. I heard “cannons” and “slaughter” and ergo, it sort of made sense — but he’s really lamenting that his religious beliefs forbid him from committing suicide. What a BRILLIANT phrase. Love love love this play.

        1. My English class in my last year of high school studied Hamlet and that was a line we talked about fairly extensively. What cemented Hamlet forever in me was that also at the time the Mel Gibson film version came out.

          1. Me, too. Although it leaves the whole Fortinbras storyline out. HOWEVER… I just made a note to myself yesterday on my WIP about a character, saying “Picture Helena Bonham-Carter’s portrayal of Mad Ophelia”

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