Fun at Open Mic Last Night!

OK, I’m still on a high I guess from participating in Heather Pierson’s Open Mic last night at our First Universalist Church of Norway, Maine. I recited/read three poems, there was a great young comedian, and the great character Wellington was there with his wife, and some of the other performers, like Nate Towne, and Harry [?], and Bob Wallace, were great too. Am I including myself under the word “great”? Ha Ha. Hardly! I think I was a bit over the top in trying to get attention for the poems I read, but I felt powerful and enjoyed getting laughs — certainly different from the old days when I was so shy and frightened up there on the Open Mic stage trying to be perfect. And to top it all off, the Rev. Richard Beal was there providing scrumptious popcorn which I couldn’t resist.

For the record, here’s the poems I read: (1) Poem XXXII from Alfred E. Housman’s Shropshire Lads (note he’s not Alfred E. Newman) with the first line. From far, from eve and morning; (2) Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens of which I read only the first stanza and part of the final, and last but not least (3) Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath. Quite a bunch! I gave my personalized interpretation of each.

Perhaps I’ll add more to this later. I’ve probably forgotten things I should mention. OH, I forgot the Rev. Tom Myorie (sp?), and Mary Uke! More later.

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  1. Minds Erased’s avatar

    Sounds like you had a grand time. Was there some sort of mass suicide rite after you read those poems?! Egad, man! 😯

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    Yes, we all had a grand time. No one did commit suicide even though Lady Lazarus might have wished it. ha ha Still, I’ve been reading about mirror neurons these days and maybe too deep imagining of others suicides could set off a dreaded inter-neuron brain to brain resonance leading to a mass suicide. Never thought of that! Better be careful.

  3. barbara’s avatar

    Hi Mardé,

    Yay for Mard ! I’m glad to hear that you had a ball and that your poetry selections were well received.
    You like Kate both seem to be waxing poetic these days ( with her poem in her last post).

    Have a good one and see ya soon 😉

  4. Debi’s avatar

    Open Mic … my first … was amazing.

    When you got up to do your reading I was thinking it may be the story of the fire and the library … and … well you remember lol.

    The 2nd act was Rev. Tom Myhre (now you’ll have the spelling) and I absolutely loved his final song … the beat … and the words especially fitting for the night.

    We really enjoyed it, even bought a CD at the end of the night and look forward to June 26th. Thanks!


  5. Mardé’s avatar

    Great, Debi, that you enjoyed it. Hope you come back again, and the Rev. Tom Myhre is a great talent. Hope he comes back too. Thanks for spelling of his name. He spelled it for me a number of months ago but I had forgotten already.


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