Some Fun and Moon Madness

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.

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23 Responses

  1. Fida says:

    Aww… this is so touching. Thank you!

  2. Rod E. Kok says:

    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 says:

      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!

    • cjswriting says:

      Wow – Jess’s poem was great, powerful and lovely. But your comment here made me cry, too. So beautiful. “She’ll never know how enough she is” – wow. Tears

  3. Moving piece of poetry. Touched.

  4. cjswriting says:

    Really nice job Jess! Very powerful. πŸ™‚

    • Jessica says:

      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.

  5. seekingmeme says:

    I absolutely love both poems! The first made me grin. The second made my heart smile.

  6. lrconsiderer says:

    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 says:

      *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 says:

        Ohhhhhhhh…wow! Um…so… *wonders how to phrase it delicately*…you have hidden magnetic surfaces chez toi then?

        • Jessica says:

          ROFL! Ummm…will I incriminate myself if I don’t answer? Oh, frakk it. Yes. I call it the “master” closet. πŸ˜‰

        • Jessica says:

          Wow. Blog conversations get wild…who knew?

          • lrconsiderer says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

                  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 says:

                    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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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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