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my voice...

frightens me

the words slide
onto the paper,
neatly in a row
like children
lined up in
the cafeteria

quiet as
obedient
kindergartners
put down for
their 1:00 nap

but when I
open my mouth
to speak, my
words defy me,
dare me to
utter them

into life

to reveal
myself to
any who
would
hear my
voice

and I find
myself mute
before them
Based on something a friend said about my reluctance to read my work aloud...
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Spectrumchaser Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
I like the way you compare your words to children. Like grade schoolers on paper, and then - let's see...unruly teenagers when you try to read them!

I think most people have some sort of anxiety about performing their own work. Even when I sing to my family my face is still beet red for the first couple songs. I find it helps to practice by recording them - then when I play them back (contrary to what I had been thinking) I find that they sound pretty good.

I'll bet if you practiced and could hear yourself you'd gain some confidence :hug:
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Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I never thought about recording myself; that sounds like a good idea. It's funny that I'm such a weenie just with my own stuff. I read poems to my class out of the book without batting an eyelash.

I didn't know that you sing. That's so cool. :w00t:
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Spectrumchaser Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
You can get a pretty decent mp3/dvr (digital voice recorder) for not a ton of money. Then if you end up not using the recording part of it much, you can still justify the purchase by using the mp3 feature alot! :D
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Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
That's a thought... thanks, Julie. :hug:
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Spectrumchaser Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Well, that's how I justified it to myself anyway! :laughing:
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ColonelFitz Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
Oddly enough, I can totally related. I say oddly, because anyone who knows me in real life knows that I pretty much never shut up... :roll:
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Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
You know, you don't strike me as the type that would have this trouble. :hug:
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Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice poem. I think you hit a lot of what writing poets feel (as apposed to Spoken Word poets...if there's any difference...).

I feel much the same...and forcing oneself to read your own poetry doesn't always help that much. I've gotten over some of my shyness, but still have a long way to go. ^^ Still get disappointed that I can't read it aloud they way I read it in my head.
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Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
We sound so much alike. It's something about revealing part of myself, afraid people won't like what they see, I guess. :hug:
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Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: exactly. And, for me, the fear of failing to "perform" the poem the way I read in my head. Which is really setting myself up for failure...I can't even manage that in the privacy of my own room!
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