Writing Earns Medals for Local SilverArts Participant

Jessie Crockett Writing
Jessie Crockett with her medals

By Judie Holcomb-Pack

There are people who write. And then there are people who WRITE! Jessie Crockett is one of the latter. She has been writing for as long as she can remember. Even as a little girl, Jessie wrote rhymes and poetry. “I get up in the morning and I just start writing,” she said.

This is evident in many of the poems in her book, “Expressions from the Heart,” which she self-published and is available on Amazon. She dedicates the book, “To everyone who can relate to deep feelings we experience about life, but are unable to express them.”

Jessie graduated from Atkins High School in 1947 and wrote the class song and history. She also wrote the gossip column for the school newspaper, the “Maroon Wave.” Clinton Lockhart wrote as her yearbook class prophecy, “Jessie Meadows will be the editor of the New York Times.” She had wanted to be a journalist, but ended up working at and retiring from R. J. Reynolds.

The story of how Jessie’s book came to be published is a miracle in itself. Jessie went to a meeting of a Lupus support group with her daughter and met Connie Arnold, who is an author. Connie gave her the name of a publisher in Orlando, Fla. She contacted them about her book and they negotiated a contract for publishing. The only problem was that because of a vision problem, Jessie didn’t use a computer and the publisher needed to email proof copies to her. She didn’t let this obstacle stop her. She went to Radio Shack and talked to a sales person about getting a cell phone where she could receive email. By using her cell phone, Jessie proofed her entire book and approved it for publication. She is proud that her book is also in at the Forsyth County Public Library in their permanent collection.

Jessie has studied creative writing at Forsyth Tech and attended a workshop by Dr. Durvin that she found really inspiring. She also uses her talent to write letters to prison inmates as part of the Yokefellow program. Jessie says, “I like to encourage people. I’m a Christian and my faith helps me respond. My writing is my gift.”

Jessie has participated in the Piedmont Senior Games SilverArts competitions since 1991 and has won 20 medals over the years. Her first silver medal was for her poem, “The Filling.” She is working now on her entry for the 2016 SilverArts.

Jessie’s advice to aspiring writers is, “Just sit down and write!” She recommends entering the SilverArts competition to show off your writing skills, even if just a beginner. The SilverArts accepts poems, short stories and essays for judging.

Jessie is working on her second book now. The poem below is from her first book.

When the Love Knot Unravels

When cords of love that were bound so tight
Begin to unravel within our sight,
We can feel and sense such a great loss,
For all of the times when we kept so close.
Quickly we need to start to mend
The cords of love that should never end.
We should be aware and always are,
When the love knot unravels.

When we no longer feel each other’s need,
Nor answer the call or do a good deed,
Or shed a tear over another’s loss,
We need to look inside our heart,
For the cords of love may be coming apart.
We should be aware and ready to repair,
When the love knot unravels.

When the world is very cold and we need to get warm,
It seems nothing is right and there is only harm.
Amidst broken promises and a cold, cold start,
It can break a heart for we so deeply care.
It need not be such a bitter end
If we are aware and start to mend,
When the love knot unravels.

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About: Judie Holcomb-Pack

Judie Holcomb-Pack, APR, has spent most of her career in marketing, advertising and public relations, retiring from a local nonprofit. In 2014 she became the editor for For Seniors Only. A graduate of Forsyth Technical Community College, Judie was honored with their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. She enjoys a great cup of coffee and stimulating conversation and is a die-hard Virginia Tech Hokies football fan.

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