posted by Melissa
I did it! We recited our memorized poems on the Seattle Metro bus.
We had a lovely dinner at home with friends and family, added in a little wine for courage. Ok, and a little sissy rum. (That's what I endearingly called Amy's coconut rum) Then we walked up to the Safeway and got on the 43 for a ride downtown.
I was so nervous. And I think it shows. But I am proud of myself for following through, and doing something that scared the shit out of me. I forgot a couple lines toward the end, but I am ok with that. I must say, though, it is painful to watch oneself on video. Just awful.
"Why do I stick my chin out like that when I think?"
"Um, make sure no one ever has to look at me from that angle."
"Does my voice really sound like that? And pull my damn shirt up over my shoulder, did I think I was on Flashdance?"
These are a few of the many thoughts I had while watching myself. But I am posting it anyway, and you know what? It is completely liberating. I think my poem would like that.
There you have it. Me, just as I am, reciting "If" by Rudyard Kipling.