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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 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.


  • Helena Hann-Basquiat

    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.

    • Jesi

      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.

      • Helena Hann-Basquiat

        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.

        • Jesi

          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.

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