Nourishment & Shining-Day 2, #Reverb13

What made your soul feel most nourished this year?

Years ago I remember stumbling across a video on YouTube. It was this man named Taylor Mali, and he was, among other things, a slam poet. The cadence of his words, the message he delivered, impacted me more than I ever imagined poetry could. While I would go through fits and starts, forgetting and then remembering that it existed, every once in awhile I would be reminded of this vehicle of words and meaning, drawing me into a bottomless pit of poem after poem.

Last spring, during National Poetry Month, I was introduced to the poetry of someone who I list as number 1 on my favorite poets list. Her words, and the words of others I fell into around the same time, helped me through a dark period, and gave me the courage to work through Difficult Things.

I have started writing my own poems. I do not perform, generally, not because I don’t want to, but because the vulnerability is just a bit too much at times. I have found that writing poetry provides an outlet to say what you can’t say otherwise. At the same time it just hurts.

Shine | What was the best moment of 2013?

I think the best moment of 2013 for me was when I decided that I had to make it count. Big decisions, changes in life course, and I realized that I was kind of floating by without intention, and I didn’t like it. Having purpose may seem like this trite thing, but at that point of my life, it was important. Since then, while I haven’t been 100 % successful, I have definitely attempted to take more opportunities as they have presented themselves. A big thing for me is reaching out to other people I admire or who have touched me in some way. It’s anxiety producing, but the more often I reach out, the easier I find it.


About maggyruth

Mid-thirties, Mid-Atlantic transplant. Fiber-artist, hidden poet, health educator, student. Still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I swear sometimes. Especially when I'm mad. Deal with it. View all posts by maggyruth

2 responses to “Nourishment & Shining-Day 2, #Reverb13

  • Cynthia Lee

    I love the way that words, poetry, art, songs … it all can carry through the dark times. I think I may just believe in the divinity of that. Thank you for sharing during these end of year reflections.

  • Jen Allen

    I particularly love Taylor Mali because he’s pretty famous in teacher circles 😉 But his work is wonderful stuff. I enjoy poetry, and every once in awhile I try my hand at it. It remains, though, that thing with which I am uncomfortable.

    You are right about purpose and intention and reaching out. As we do a thing, it gets easier to do it.

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