World Mental Health Day

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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10 Responses

  1. Fida says:

    I can simply thank you for writing this poem, mentioning what can happen. It touched me.

  2. This sounds like anxiety at its best (or worst, depending on how you look at it). It brings back the feeling of panic attacks. Good job!

  3. cjswriting says:

    Today’s for WMHD is really good, but the 2nd made me cry. Great job Jess 🙂

  4. Rod Kok says:

    Unbelievable! I don’t go ‘down’ very often, but when I do, I am this exact image. My arms on my knees, my head in my hands. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. seekingmeme says:

    Despair, panic… yes, the feelings are captured so intensely in your poem! Thank you for being a part of this day. 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you so much. At the time I actually didn’t recognize the feeling as panic but the feelings are exactly that. I am grateful to be able to participate and spread a message along as well. 🙂

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