by Sarah Mendek-Walker
(This blog was originally posted 4/7/2016)
On February 16th for the first time in many years, I read my poetry at the NOWW monthly reading.
Considering my education background in Theatre Arts, I was excitedly nervous. I know you are probably thinking that’s an interesting way to put it. But, it is true. I’ve always enjoyed writing and performing, but it is a little different when you are writing and reading something personal.
I really did feel like the newbie!
The great thing about the night was that it felt very warm and welcoming. It is always an encouragement when everyone around you is so positive. I felt honoured to read my work. It sparked a light of encouragement in me that had been dimmed for so long, as other life adventures presented themselves.
The NOWW organization is something everyone should consider, especially if you want to be a writer and you consider Northwestern Ontario your home. NOWW finds ways to welcome every writer, no matter what stage you are at in your works of writing.
It’s never too late to put the pen to the paper; it’s never too late to shine.
Two people, stand corners opposite from one another.
They lock eyes studying each other,
Mysteriously wondering if their eyes had met before.
They slowly meet in the middle of the room.
Dazed, confused, but certain they continue to stare.
They touch hand in hand, it’s intense and warm, and their embrace is familiar.
But still, their eyes don’t recognize the mirror they are looking through.
There is a passion within their pulses.
A rhythm, their heartbeats sync in unison,
As a melody is heard from inside the walls timing their moves as they slowly drift and weave closer together.
The melodies and harmonies of each other’s bodies keep them distant from the chaos in the room.
There is a trust unexplained, a language not spoken.
Yet some how it is completely translated through each other.
They are dancing.
They are loving.
They are whole.
They are strangers and no one knew.