OctPoWriMo,  Poetry

Some Fun and Moon Madness

WordsOctPoWriMo challenge-Days 17 and 8 (for me). Today’s challenge: Words, Words, Words. Cut out words that catch your eye from newspapers, magazines, junk mail, etc, or use a random word generator or magnetic poetry (including the online one here-very addictive, trust me) and take a picture or screen shot of what you come up with and post it to your blog. Play with words. As a poet/writer that is completely irresistable! Play with words-I love it! Shakespeare created words whenever he couldn’t find one that said what he wanted to say. Man named everything, and we have come up with some doozies for things, haven’t we? Go read an anatomy book if you want a laugh. Honestly, humerus bone for the upper arm bone with that spot we hit that we call our funny bone? And we won’t even discuss how many names we have for a certain part of the male body (although, bring that up in a room full of women drinking and let the fun begin). Seriously, that’s an obvious one and more than likely you thought about it the minute I said anatomy. So, today I played with words on the online magnetic poetry and came up with something fun. Please click on the pic to bring up a clearer picture. I’m afraid it didn’t resize well in translation from my tablet to my laptop.

At a Prince Concert

by Jessica Scott

Magnetic poetry

As for today’s final catch-up poem…well, I can’t explain how I got where I did. It went so far away from where I intended, and yet, I love it. I made myself cry (not really all THAT hard to do) but still…

The prompt was Moon Madness and we were supposed to write about the full moon and what the moon means to us. I’ve written about the moon before. I have a poem on Β making love under the moon, I wrote about the moon crying, and even one about the moon looking down on us and what it sees. I wrote a fairy tale about the moon (although I really need to go back and edit it, clean it up), and well, you get my point. The moon is inspiring. We all look up at the moon, and watch it. As a woman, I am tied to it, ruled by it, like the ocean tides. I wax and wane with it, go dark, then come back full and bright. There were so many ideas I could have written about. So, I chose a subject and began. And like the moon, my poem changed. I wanted to write about a couple walking under the moon, and they do walk. But, as in life, the journey was more important than the getting there. I hope you like it. And, I hope you all have a great weekend. I’ll still be doing my challenge so make sure to check in and see where my brain took me.

xo Jesi

And P.S., I’m not sorry if I make you cry. πŸ˜‰



coupleThe Moon is Bright Tonight

By Jessica Scott


The moon is bright tonight, he said,

Would you like to take a walk with me?

His outstretched hand awaiting an answer

To a question held within his eyes.

And as I looked into those depths

I saw a future I never thought I’d have,

Broken and bared as I now was.

But he’d stayed in spite of everything,

The lost hair, the lost breasts,

The lost chance of immortality,

And with this one question, he said I was enough.

So I rose from my almost-grave,

And took his hand with a smile.


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.


  • Rod E. Kok

    The moon is bright tonight….this seriously hit a chord with me. My wife lost her breasts to cancer 5 years ago, and this poem is totally us. She is enough, she is so enough. She’ll never know how enough she is, because I don’t have enough words to tell her. Thanks for the most excellent poem. And yes, there is a tear in my eye. <3

    • Jessica

      I am SO glad it spoke to you. I’ve been very fortunate in that no one in my family has had to deal with breast cancer, though cancer has hit my family pretty hard, so I know a little about the pain. You make sure you tell your wife every day how enough she is because I think we all need to hear that, especially after going through what the both of you did. *hugs* to you both!

    • Jessica

      Thanks CJ! This one took me by surprise. I was not planning on writing about this subject but, I guess it was a voice that needed to be heard. I had a feeling you’d like it.

  • lrconsiderer

    So beautiful, your poem about the moon. Very tender, and very moving. Hats off to you.

    Your magnetic poem made me laugh, as did your comment about Shakespeare – we have magnetic Shakespeare poetry on our fridge, but I thought it would be cheating to use it πŸ˜€

    • Jessica

      *whispers* I have erotic magnetic poetry…but it is NOT up on the fridge..
      And thanks…I’m really glad you like the moon poem. And I am NOW going to order that Shakespeare one!

          • lrconsiderer

            You have NO IDEA…you’re new to me (or I’m new to you – one way around or the other, I’m not sure which) but suffice it to say that thorough this wonderful place called Blogosphere, I’ve ended up with some incredible friends all around the world; I got BlogMarried, and now also have 8 SisterWives….so….

            I haven’t taken on a BlogHusband yet (though I know a friend who has) because I think my Husby might get a wee bit jealous. This place is BONKERS but also totally wonderful.

            • Jessica

              I have been blogging for about a year, working towards publishing my first poetry collection and trying to write my first novel. I am enjoying ALL the new things I am learning and the people I am meeting. Though, really, this challenge has been the Best.Thing.Ever. for me in that respect. And it’s all been the best fun seeing my blog grow, and especially getting my poetry out there.

              • lrconsiderer

                I shall be fascinated to know how you find the try at publishing a poetry collection – do you think you’ll write about it? I’m wondering about a short story collection but have NO idea where to start.

                This challenge is a beautiful thing, though. I remember my friend Beth was in it last year and made some STUNNING pieces. I was so excited for this year πŸ˜€

                • Jessica

                  Yes, I will be writing about it, especially as I’m about to begin to pick out around 25 pieces, and I’ll be self-publishing. So, I’m really learning as I go. First to pick the pieces, then artwork, and then I’ll learn the next step. I’m lucky though because the writing group I’m a part of is led by an editor and she self-publishes as well. And she’s been very encouraging. We’re doing a digitial publishing workshop this Sunday actually.
                  I’m surprising myself with some of what I come up with. I love challenges,and reading what everyone else is writing is fantastic. I’m already starting to whimper “what’ll I do in November? Not doing NaNoWriMo, not ready for that yet, but really having lots of fun so far with the challenge. Definitely doing this again!

                  • lrconsiderer

                    No, NaNo isn’t for me either – I know that I couldn’t cope with that kind of pressure (either mentally or creatively) and I’d fail and keep failing, and then it would be a FAILURE and I’d be annoyed. So I’m admitting my limits and staying out of it. I may well find myself giving your blog a little follow – I want to see what you learn about the self-pubbing. Not to mention choosing artwork! Are you going to make that yourself? Perhaps that’s easier for poetry, adunno. I have a children’s story I looked into getting art done for, and it was going to come to about $1000, which was offputting and utterly unrealistic for me to manage, so it’s back on hold til I figure out something to do with it.

                    • Jessica

                      I can’t handle the pressure of NaNo either, at least just yet. Being a newbie to it and finally coming out of the closet (so to speak) about my writing would be just too much. Maybe next year, once I’m more seasoned. LOL
                      I’m excited about the self-pub, although I’d really like to go the traditional route at some point, too. Just for poetry, self-pub will work best for me, for now. Generate interest and see where it takes me. As for artwork, I can draw cute little faces and that’s about it. But I have friends who draw. And, something you might like to consider and check into, is going to a local college/university and check with the art students there. Many of them will do your artwork for under $500 AND you give them the opportunity to get THEIR work out there and be seen and published. And then, also, you sweeten it by promoting them as you promote your book. So it ends up being a win-win. I have two children’s stories myself and am going to go check the local junior college nearby and I have a niece in college who is checking for me there as well.
                      Oh, and I’m thinking of black and white sketches for my collection but scattered throughout so as not to detract from the poems. I need to check with my best friend (an artist) and get some ideas from her as to what she thinks will suit (she has really good taste in that) but can’t until I pick my poems. LOL. And that’s the hard part. But I definitely think The Moon Is Bright Tonight is a winner to go in. What say you? πŸ˜‰

                    • lrconsiderer

                      Definitely πŸ™‚

                      It sounds like you’ve researched thoroughly and really know what you’re doing. Unfortunately even $500 (or the equivalent in GBP) would be beyond my means, so I’ll have to keep back-burnering it for now.

                      I hope your try goes really well though πŸ™‚

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