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!!

For ME???

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