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First reading in Twenty Years: A #TBT #Haibun featuring my latest from .@ImageCurve

Suffern Poetry hosts an Open Mic in the community room, on the top floor of Suffern’s Village Hall. Rows of chairs, separated by one aisle, lead to the “stage”—an open space at the front of the room, facing the audience. A counter separates the main room from a small kitchenette. Florescent lights in a soft ceiling drown the room in light—unlike the performance lighting at Casa Del Sol, where the group hosts its monthly Poetry Slam.

poets’ hard breathing    the drone of air conditioners

Bryan, the founder and MC, calls my name. I follow a Binghamton slam poet that performed a brilliant, comic poem. Making eye contact with the back row, I breathe, then begin.

Three poems. Their stories arise with a life of their own. I deliver them all—to genuine, enthusiastic applause.

flushed face    Mira’s hands shaping a heart

Photo by Ilyass SEDDOUG

first published in Image Curve, February 21, 2019

for dVerse Poets’ OLN (pubtended by lillian)

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21 replies »

  1. Ah the exhilaration and nerves of a live performance. Those hands shaped into a heart are the best applause of all. Sit down after you take a breath, and grab hold those hands and give them a squeeze. 🙂

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  2. lots of emotions going on there. it takes courage to do what you did. what joy to get “genuine enthusiastic applause” AND to share the moment with your loved one. You won the Trifecta! Congratulations.

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