When I was in second grade, I asked my crush if he wanted to race at the playground. I hoped it would get his attention. When he said yes, I was stoked. As the race started and I was gaining momentum, I tripped, and crashed my head onto a sewer lid. I got up quickly and he said, “Ew. There’s blood dripping.” I brushed off the dirt from my hands and knees and acted like it was no big deal. I still can feel the scar where the ER doctor put stitches on my scalp.
When I was in high school, I wrote the experience for a student literary magazine. I ended the piece with something like, “Now I’m about to graduate from high school and my love life hasn’t changed since.” The teachers creating the journal loved it and asked me to read it at the magazine’s launch party.
While I was completely terrified, I loved hearing the reaction of the crowd as I read the last sentence. Oh unrequited love. Always a hit. I don’t remember if I got an award for the piece, but I remember the feeling of walking off stage. I want to do this again, I thought. However, I’ve never created the opportunity. Until now.
The Go Mighty team approached me to create a summer goal to get out there for P&G’s Summer Stunner Tour. I can’t think of anything else that would get me out there more than to read at an open mic night. I found a venue in the East Village for poets, comedians, singers/musicans, and storytellers. I knew I would be fine when I read it’s “a family style restaurant, so NO EXPLICIT LANGUAGE.” haha
I’ll probably develop something I’ve written on my blog . Got any favorites? Here’s a few I was thinking:
I took a 5 minute slot this Tuesday night. It will truly be for the fun and terror of it all. I promise not to read a poem and report back on my experience.
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