Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Everyday's an Audition: Tryouts

I wrote this poem for my daughter Katie when she tried out for a play.  She wanted the part of Peter Pan.  She got the part of the crocodile!  She also got a lifelong friend out of that little production and I think if you asked her, she'd say the experience was a positive one, even though the outcome was not what she went looking for.

We all try out all the time -- plays, sports, musical competitions -- the list is endless.  As a poet, everyday for me is an audition.  I'm submitting work to publishers, trying to win over audiences, and connecting with other writers, making plans.  I've always thought that being a poet is kind of like having a tag sale for my thoughts.  I lay stuff out on the table, people come and take a look. Some say, I don't need that. Some say, I have that at home.  And a few say, cool, I'll take that.  Sometimes life give me what I want, and sometimes I get the crocodile, but there are benefits to every experience.  Okay.  A few scars. But even those can make a good story or poem.

The important thing I have to remind myself of, just as regularly as the moon rises, is that I have to keep trying. It's scary. Sometimes it's just plain exhausting. Most times, I love the adventure of a new challenge.

I chose the changing colors of the sky to represent my moods when I think about trying something new.  Sometimes bright, occasionally dark, and ultimately sunny. This poem has been in two of my books: My very first book Nothing's the End of the World (now sadly out of print) and Zombies! Evacuate the School (Boyds Mills 2010).  But the thing I am most proud of is that Katie was chosen to speak at her graduation from Bay Village High School and she chose this poem as the theme of her speech.

2 comments:

tonie fraser said...

Thanks, Sara. Your thoughts and poems have always touched me...and I know for a fact the students I taught.

Lee Ann Spillane said...

Love this and the YouTube channel. Thank you. Interesting music you put in the video background; your pace intrigues me too. I've not heard you read this piece like this before. I think we'll watch and use to prompt writing this week during Tuesday's Poetry Club.