the modern day warrior-poet

I went to this poetry slam last night. I went because Jenna said Zach was reading at 10, but in fact Zach wasn’t there at all and the thing started at 9:15, but so it goes. I made it in time for open mic, which was still fun to witness. I should find more stuff like this in town, I’m sure it’s around.

There was this woman in a wheelchair there, who was going in and out of the room. I didn’t really know what she was doing, I figured just watching a little or wandering around. Towards the end she went up to read a poem, though. I don’t know what her condition is, but her speech was too slurred to understand. Sitting there watching this woman try, though, in a room full of 40 or 50 perfectly silent people, sure made me want to get the fuck out of high school and away from all the assholes who I know would have laughed.

Another woman re-read her poem afterwards. I could paraphrase, but my memory is imperfect so I won’t do it any injustice. It was written from the perspective of “we,” called “We real cool” I think. The last line was “we die real soon.”

It turns out the woman was one of the organizer of the event. I’m still digesting a force-fed message in tolerance; whatever the point here is, it made me feel pretty good in a strange kind of a way.

3 Responses to “the modern day warrior-poet”

  1. cordelia Says:

    wait. that poem “we real cool” is by gwendolyn brooks.
    is that the one you mean? it’s great

  2. tom Says:

    Interestingly enough, no, that isn’t it, this was original. The first and last lines are the same, but the rest is different. Strange how that worked out.

  3. anc Says:

    that is really strange. I was going to leave you a comment saying, “WAS THAT GWENDOLYN BROOKS??!?!!” But then I figured someone else would have already done so. and i was right. And that is very strange. and also I think the last line of “we real cool” is “we die soon” not “we die real soon” because I think all or most of the lines are three syllables. I know this because I’ve heard it so many times.

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