Yesterday, I had the pleasure of performing in front of a huge audience at the Anacostia Arts Center for the annual See, Speak, Feel event. I usually perform my poetry pieces to some of my friends and family members but yesterday, I had the opportunity to perform to audiences I wasn’t too familiar with. Let me first say that it hasn’t been too long since I’ve started writing poetry. Although I’ve always had the desire to write, I just never had the courage to say what I wanted to say in paper entrenched in deep emotions.
I wrote some of the most intimate pieces in my poems so I never really shared them with anyone when I first started writing them. I felt so vulnerable and so exposed when I shared them and didn’t like the feeling, so I didn’t share them until very recently. Many close friends and family who I shared it to pushed me to share it with others since they connected with my words and thought others would connect with them as well. I finally gave it a try yesterday, which I was hesitant to do until the last minute I got on stage.
The minute I got on stage to rehearse, I got so nervous and forgot some of the words from my poetry. I quickly composed myself and started over. I was relieved that it was only rehearsal and it wasn’t the actual show. Getting on stage and speaking felt so different to me. It almost gave me a high I couldn’t get off of. It wore off after a while, which gave me the confidence that I will be fine once I got on stage for the actual show. After a few hours of waiting for the audience members to get to the show, the show finally started.
It was a sold out show so you can imagine the number of people who showed up. It was a packed show with many beautiful faces. I loved every feeling of it and all of the performances. There were dancers, singers, poets and artists from different backgrounds and age groups and it was amazing to witness such a great show that was put together very well. Once it was my turn to get on stage, I got up and the feeling of being high started again. I gave my all to recite my piece with all the emotions it required me to do. I felt all the words, the emotions, the deep meanings and the love story behind it. I deeply felt it and I hoped the audience felt it too. I was so happy to know that my poetry was received very well because of people’s enthusiasm at the end of my performance.
You can imagine all the high and the great energy/vibes I felt yesterday, which made me love the feeling of performing. Stay tuned for more of my performances in the near future, and pictures from my performance from yesterday’s See, Speak, Feel event will be up very soon.
Peace and Love,