How do you find your voice? How can one express the depths of our heart and soul?
I always loved poetry. I’ve found it such a powerful and poignant expression of things that sometimes can find voice no other way ~ if there is a point where it is ready to be spoken. Powerfully, potently, passionately. Poetry is all that and more to me.
I wrote some as a child and teen, and friends enjoyed it. In the journey of life, I had even further to go to begin to tap into who I am in depths, and what it is to find and traverse those plains of life. Challenges that brought me to my knees helped me go deeper to connection. A fabulous retreat using poetry and photography awakened old passions. It helped me find my voice, especially when the medical treatments I was on caused pain when I tried to sing. That was my main way of expression, and it was as if I was stripped bare. Called to go to more subtle places inside. The poetry, photography as well, bring me to those places. Some of those words are finding their way into songs (or song lyrics themselves, sometimes they feel separate, sometimes one wants to grow into another). Songs of my own, collaborative efforts with other wonderful artists.
It was a big edge to share my first poem on an open mic for a poetry night. I am grateful to Frederick MD and the now defunct Dreamer’s Poetry night for that first night. And my very first reading/sharing I got asked to be a featured poet! I’ve featured a few times now, and also go to share my work with others in other ways/venues. I have begun to discover “spoken word” collaboration with musicians backing the poetry. It is exquisite, luscious, powerful in a wholly different way. Each is an expression of truth in their own unique way.
I love the power of all the art forms to find our voice. To go deeper and deeper to Truth. My work finds voice for deeper emotional content, spiritual journeys, passion. The work has been compared to Rumi, Teresa of Avila. Big steps to walk in. I am deeply honored, and feel a call to step up further and promote the passion and journey to ourselves.
At one feature, I was given the nickname Ms. Rumi. It fits, and it has stuck. Sometimes I’m called “Ms. Chai Rumi” ~ well, I love chai 😉 Spicy, passionate expressions of life, heart and soul. Sounds good to me.
Hopefully I’ll see you at a reading, share a book with you (those are coming!), or meet you in a playshop sometime soon 🙂