Talking Poetry to Kids

A few weeks ago, a friend from high school asked me if I would be interested in talking to groups of kiddos about poetry. She had remembered how much she had enjoyed my poetry when we were in school (and what a compliment that was, for someone to remember enjoying something I wrote over 20 years later).

I told her I would love to do that. I didn't even hesitate. Is it outside of my comfort zone. Yes...very far, in fact...but what an amazing opportunity.

And also, what a not so subtle reminder, that I need to work on my poetry again. For too long I have avoided feeling too much and my writing has suffered...and my poetry writing has been reduced to little bits of lines here and there, captured on bits of paper or added to my ColorNotes in my phone...all waiting for "someday" when I will write them.

It's time to do poetry again. It's time to work on Shades of Blue. It's time to open those doors....and what better way than talking to groups of kiddos.