Tag Archives: Jessan Dunn (DeCredico) Otis

A new spin on K.I.S.S. ~ essay

A new spin on K.I.S.S. ~ essay

Sitting in my science class in junior high school, my desk was at the back of the room, situated to look down one of those long hall ways.

Someone was out of class and shouted out, “You’re stupid!” to someone I couldn’t see. That echoed ’round that long, empty hallway and smacked me right in my gut.  What an ugly word to shout at someone.

Years later someone shared K.I.S.S. with me and there was that ugly word again.  Despicable.

I’d have none of that.

From that time forward I changed that last “S” to “Sweetie”.  So much better.

Words have power.  They can heal or they hurt.

Mind what flows through your lips.  You are responsible for what you speak and what you don’t speak.

K(eep) I(t) S(imple) S(weetie).





May 1, 2017 – #poem

May 1, 2017 – #poem 

So much to say

So much Silence in between

Solitude is my constant companion






Balance in all things


Letting thoughts and breath

run out and back


Sun on skin

Joy-filled hoot from behind

that hedge


Mating calls of this bird and that


Distant roar of plane pushing into

brilliant blue of this afternoon’s air


One mourning dove lowing

soft and close






Thank You for this life

This one I’m living at this moment…

…this moment   …this moment


Each of us is in service to someone or



Who do you serve?


…this moment

…this moment

…only this moment.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(c) 5.1.17 – Jessan Dunn Otis|Writer



Falling Into Your Eyes – for CKW – poem

Big Red Heart

Falling Into Your Eyes

                   for CKW

Two black birds fly together

as if the shadow and the object

were coming to the same place


A tongue wags from the stump

as if the song of presence

that lament brings speaks

after so much silence


A white star flashes on a dark blue

directly over the heart

and you say

                   who will come to us

                   who will give us solace.


(c) 1981, 2015 ~  Jessan Dunn (DeCredico) Otis

Jessan Dunn Otis | Writer