Have you ever felt like you’re physically melting?
That’s pretty much how I’d describe how I felt the first time I read my poetry to a live audience.
I’m not overly anxious about public speaking, and I’m often on live camera for my church. BUT as soon as you put a microphone in front of me and ask me to read my own poetry my legs feel shaky, my face turns an unflattering shade of pink and my back dampens (gross but we’ve all been there so no judging!!).
Reading my own writing made me feel incredibly exposed, completely open for critique from strangers. I’ve shared my poetry at two events and both times have come away feeling giddy and a tiny bit nauseous but mostly… accepted.
Because here’s what I’ve learned; people will clap. People will pat you on the back. You can muck up, get tongue tied, cough, sneeze, fart, whatever. But on the whole people want you to succeed rather than fail. On both occasions I was clapped off the stage and whether they liked the poetry or not, I felt that was kind of besides the point.
Not everyone will like what you have to offer. It wont be to the taste of everyone. What’s important is being brave enough to be vulnerable in front of others. To trust in the kindness of humanity that no laugher or mockery will be thrown your way.
Have a go, share your creativity this week.
And above all get writing!!
Happy World Poetry day everyone x