The first time I read my poetry in front of an audience, I had to go out of state. I didn’t want anyone I knew to witness my attempt.
I was at a retreat with a talent night, so I decided to risk it. I selected three poems of mine, and just in case anyone thought I was pretentious, I included three from more well-known people.
I was nervous as I read the six poems and was eager to leave the stage. As I hurried off the stage, I heard a strange sound.
‘There was no rain in the forecast. But, we’re inside!’
It took me a few moments to process another possible identity for the unusual sound.
It was applause!!