Usually, I am very much a behind the scenes person in my school arts department (tech and props). As this is my senior year, and I have horrible stage fright, I really wanted to perform a poem for my school’s Cultural Arts Night (think talent show without the competition). While I still suffer from stage fright, this was a really big step for me in working to overcome it and I am really proud of how this turned out.
The beginning where I announce the title of the poem got cut out, but I am reading “I Was Told To Write An About Me And This Is What Happened” by Kelsey Danielle ( pigmenting on tumblr), who gracious gave me permission to read it. (I changed a few small words here and there to help me with my flow, but the original correct version can be found on her tumblr along with her other amazing poetry).
Encounter: This summer I had an internship in the city, and at the bus stop I would always do pocket sudoku. I'm a teenage girl, so I'm usually wary of strangers, especially men, and don't engage in conversation. Once, a guy in his mid-twenties asked me what book I was holding. He was so excited and genuine, and when i told him and said he could never do something so smart. I ended up explaining the rules and we sat together on the bus and talked about our futures. I left the bus smiling.