Sometimes, sandwiched between running my business, day dreaming and writing or editing, I dust off the shackles of stage fright and actually perform some spoken word. In public. With people in the audience. Crazy right?
My love affair with words started when I was very young. It’s just how I have always expressed myself (I type or write more than I physically say). And although my lyrical love is temperamental at times, it is long-standing, restorative and provides me with a joy that I would struggle to accurately articulate – which is a tad ironic, but true.
I just love words. Especially learning and using new ones. Sometimes people think my writing is a little dense and admittedly it is, but anyone who knows me, realises that it’s how I speak in real life, so my use of language is not [intentionally] contrived. Why know a plethora of unusual words if I can’t use them? I am a logophile and proud!
The pictures below were taken at an acoustic event I performed at called The Prelude. I’m so glad that it was documented (in photographs and video) because I can honestly say that it was the first time I felt really comfortable on a stage. Of course I was nervous beforehand and during but I didn’t allow my nerves to take over this time. And it helped that I chose a piece that I really love.
I’ll share the video in another post but for now, the poem at the end is something I wrote today.