OctPoWriMo OctPoWriMo 2015 Poetry

Writing Cinematically

OctPoWriMo Day 2-write cinematically.

An interesting concept for me. Pick your favorite movie or video, mute it and pay close attention to a scene. Then write a poem in that way. Truth is, I’m not certain I have a favorite movie. I honestly cannot come up with my favorite. There are so many that I love and a few that I watch over and over again. So what to do?

I chose to write about a particular scene that moved me recently. Sir Ian McKellen is one of his generation’s finest actors, and I recently watched his 2008 performance of King Lear. There is nothing about that version that did not move me really, but his end performance with Romola Garai had me sobbing terribly. So I wrote my poem about that. I wanted to get into Lear at that moment. What thoughts might have gone through his head in his grief, the ones he thought of and the ones he voiced aloud? I do not claim to have done any kind of justice to this. Sir Ian McKellen’s performance was fantastic and I encourage you to watch it.

xo Jesi


What Comes of a Dragon’s Wrath

By Jesi Scott


Here is her body in my arms,

Soft, hair smelling of the wind and the grass,

Her arms limp as I carry her

And lay her gently down to sleep.

My lovely one,

So kind and tender her care of me

When all others drove me mad,

Left me to die with fools for friends.

But her love brought her back to me

After I sent her away,

And she found me and saved me from mortal hell.

Now to kiss her forehead one last time,

Undo the button at her swelling, purpling neck;

-she’s gone forever!

she’s dead as earth-

Now to lie beside her lifeless body here

On the cold, hard bed I made

And follow her into that endless night.


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.

15 Replies to “Writing Cinematically

    1. Thank you. I loved his version. All of the acting was wonderful but that scene is such a powerful one no matter which version you watch, but he brought such dignity and honest anguish to it. I just had to write about it.

    1. Thanks, Morgan! And, yes, definitely watch it. Francis Barber, Sir Ian McKellan, Romola Garai, Sylvester McCoy, etc, so many good actors.

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I honestly had no idea what to write and I was trying not to rush because today has been busy and then that scene popped in my head. I was worried about it not being evocative enough.
      And yes, yes, yes…it’s like watching an irascible yet lovable grandfather or uncle. And I just love Romola. She’s wonderful as Cordelia.

    1. Thanks, Rod. I wasn’t actually all that happy with it when I finished and I didn’t edit much. Today has been a rushed day and I’ve had so much going on that I had to get this down and posted before I forgot it all.

  1. OMG, Jesi, that was amazing!! And while I haven’t seen Sir Mckellan that production, what i have see I have been impressed with. I can see through your words. Ros is right, this is epic!! Well done!!

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