Kesler Jo Ernest
Crone and Creatrix
I am a wordsmith, an artisan of language, creating through prose, contemplative essays, story, poetry, imagery, multi-media poetry, etc.
I began writing because it was expected of me - my elementary teachers required journal entries, junior high school expanded this requirement to include creative essays, high school introduced me to poetry and, finally, higher education required critical thinking research and opinion papers.
This compulsory introduction to the power of words and their ability to express my thoughts, opinions and, most importantly, my inner world was liberating. I became a prolific reader and writer. However, until recently, only my academic and business work was shared with others.
Unfortunately, I do not have most of my earliest essays and poetry. Recently I found poems I created in 2006. My writing shifted to mostly journal entries between 2006 and 2019. I began writing both short stories and poetry again in 2019 as a way to make sense of a period of great personal and familial tragedy.
In early 2020, I entered a circle of powerful, magical and creative women; the interaction with these women and the way we interacted - sharing ourselves authentically and vulnerably, quite literally ignited my creativity to a new level.
Through this interaction of others and self sparked the expression of my words through self-narration and adding imagery and music to create the feeling I want to convey to my audience - multimedia poetry.
I have been on a meandering life journey - student : mother : corporate denizen : wife : caregiver : matriarch - to be in this NOW, a place of stepping into my power and purpose fully, claiming myself a Humanist, Creatrix, Crone.
I am continually creating and expressing my inner world and experiences.
I not only express myself through written word alone. I also create an audio-visual experience for my audience.
I feel expression of my work is at its fullest when I add imagery, music and narration.
In addition to poetry as an expression of my inner landscape, life and experiences I use prose.
For me, poetry is my preferred method when conveying sensation or emotion.
I choose prose - story or essay - when I want to explore an event or concept in greater depth.
"Life presents us with unexpected twists and turns. The measure of our success is not merely navigating them, but in navigating them with grace, serenity and determination."