Spoken Word


Words from off the page
voiced into the air
clothed in different texture
once they’re free to float out there
Hitting harder with inflection
a pause that’s pregnant with suspense
a phrase that flutters gently
a verse that’s heavy, hard and dense
Written lines that never were
Meant to stay inside the head
Power lives upon the tongue
Speak the words aloud instead

I just finished reading a book by spoken word poet, Mike Garry.

I’m in awe of the spoken word, it looks like a different art form altogether, but many of these poems form upon the page, then the author has the courage to set them free.

It’s not something I’ve ever thought I could do, but after giving a speech for my Dad’s birthday recently, I found joy and laughter in speaking the words that live inside my heart. So maybe.

26 thoughts on “Spoken Word

    • Is that because nerves get the better of you Ally or do you just find it more comfortable reading in your head?

      Now that you say that, I wonder how much school is to blame for our discomfort with reading aloud. It’s supposed to give us the skills to present to a room but I just remember making myself very small in my seat and hoping the teacher wouldn’t pick me! 🙈

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      • Both. I stumble over words more often when I speak out loud, sound like I’m hesitant because I get unnerved with people looking at me. I think you’re right that school had everything to do with that. I was a shy kid, forced to stand up in front of the class– for my own good. But it wasn’t.

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  1. You spoke clearly and confidently at your dads birthday Rae. Your voice is gentle but commanding and, oh boy, “that look” is powerful indeed.

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  2. Hey Rae… Hey, I’m just here to tell you I’m leaving. I was looking for someone who followed my old blog today and all I did was search for their name. I got a couple eye fulls of women… I struggled with porn for a terribly long time. This place has been hard on me because I feel uninteresting and I struggle socially. But after seeing all that, this place has become another source of something I’ve been avoiding for years now.

    I’m just telling you this because you’ve been pretty awesome. Maybe you deserve a goodbye lol.

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    • I’m sorry to hear that happened to you John & I’m even sorrier you’re leaving.

      You are definitely not uninteresting, I always enjoy your thoughtful and playful comments and I’ve enjoyed getting to know you these past couple of years, thank you so much for your support with my blog.

      Perhaps we’ll meet again in the future, never say never, I’ll just say bye for now 👋

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      • Believe me when I tell you that you’re a very talented writer. An awesome person and a lot of fun to pick on lol.

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