Slam Poetry Passion

I always felt like expressing complex emotions and rehashing memories, both bitter and sweet, would tremendously help a healing heart. There is something about being heart and understood. Sometimes all a person needs is to feel less alone. It is easy to feel alone and misunderstood in such a world as we live in today. It’s easy to be hurt and it is hard to trust.

It’s unusual (at least in my life right now) to be in a room with people who only send feelings of love and acceptance out. It’s so unusual that it takes me a minute to adapt to the change in environment. People so often walk around thinking only of their problems. We perpetuate feelings of loneliness by thinking day in and day out, “I am the only one with these feelings.. with this pain.” I realized over the past year that those feelings are only true from where you stand.

I can surround myself with people who choose love over fear. I can surround myself with people who live honestly instead of trapping themselves within their lies. Whoever I surround myself with is my reality. I can live in a judgement free world if I so choose. Or I can keep walking the streets of Richmond feeling out of place and alone.

Twice now I have been to Verses “Open Mic”. Slam poetry is such a deep and vulnerable thing. I feel so honored to be part of a crowd who aids in someones journey to mental and emotional health and balance. I find it to be such a beautiful thing that a person can stand on stage and take a memory or emotion filled with so much pain and make it into something beautiful. The person on stage shares his/her pain, anger, betrayal with the rest of the crowd till each of us has a sliver of it in our hearts and it becomes something manageable; something less of a burden for them. I leave open mic with stories of other peoples pain and I don’t feel weighed down by it. Instead, I feel more alive than I did before I went. I feel understood.. less alone… I feel grounded.

Of course, it’s not only poems sadness and pain. There are also people who share beautiful poems of memories with lovers, parents, siblings, moments in time where they felt connected to everyone and everything else.

I won’t lie, there are lots of days since moving to Richmond where I feel I don’t have somewhere to go where I am understood and welcome. Entering such an honest and open atmosphere is definitely uncomfortable and challenging, but that discomfort is GOOD. It means you’re close to the truth. Being that close to truth, and honesty and love is uncomfortable. For me, at least.

This discomfort is a challenge in it of itself and a huge reason why I will be going back to Verses.

I have been working so hard for so long to move through certain memories in my life. They are amongst the hardest obstacles I face. Not a lot of things inspire me to revisit those memories and the feelings that are associated with them, so when I do something that feeds the strength to face and deal, I know that I have to continue whatever it is that makes me feel strong. One day I want to stand up there and tell people about the things that have brought me pain and bring me joy in my life. The feelings I see on the faces of people on stage after telling their stories looks so beyond worth it.

If anyone reading this wants to go one day to Verses with me, I would love love love to go. 🙂

 

 

7 thoughts on “Slam Poetry Passion

  • September 8, 2014 at 1:54 pm
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    It sounds like a moving experience in an accepting environment. I would love to go sometime. Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts!

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  • September 10, 2014 at 5:15 am
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    I really like your thoughts and the way you describe about poetry being such a powering thing. Poems, any kind of them, are an excellent way to deal with your feelings to others in one of the most creative ways. I’ve written poems ever since I was younger, and it was a lot easier to express my emotions through that.. it seems to have more of an impact on whoever is citing or reading the poem.

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  • September 10, 2014 at 7:32 pm
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    Hey, I met you in the starbucks line. I’m glad I met you 20 minutes ago or I probably wouldn’t have seen this, nor would I have known about “Verses”. First off, your writing is beautiful and you communicate your feelings very well. It made me tear up a little to be honest, the severity and depth of honesty is so cleansing. You’re right – It’s such a liberating thing getting in touch with your feelings and the truth. I am truly looking forward to attending the open mic night with you in the future. Thanks for posting this, I really enjoyed it.

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  • September 11, 2014 at 12:17 am
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    I can see that you are extremely passionate about poetry and how important it is to you. I agree that being in the audience at a poetry reading is an honor and the personal connections one can make with the reader of the poem. I remember being introduced to slam poetry last year and now I enjoy it. I think that listening to someone else’s poetry opens a window into that person’s life and allows the audience to share in the experience and emotions.

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  • September 11, 2014 at 1:26 am
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    I love this post and how raw it is. One day you will be up on the stage at Verses, and you will do a wonderful job releasing your experiences and emotions. I would also love to join you there one day!

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  • September 20, 2014 at 10:55 pm
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    Girl! This is so well written! It could almost be a slam itself. I would love to go to an event with you. I went to Slam Nahuatl’s open mic for the same reasons (which is also absolutely AMAZING, I recommend if you haven’t been!). Maybe we can go to both sometime, but let me tell you right now, I will probably be crying by the end of the night.

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  • September 23, 2014 at 1:13 pm
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    Wow, this is incredible, and it details a lot of the feelings I think many of us have upon entering such a new environment as college, though it’s all different for everyone. I’m glad you were able to find something that you really seem to enjoy! You can totally be up there one day!

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