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My First Open Stage Event

On Friday night, I had the privilege of sharing two of my poems from Angelic Visions at D & S Music Hub’s Open Stage Night. This was the first time I actually had the opportunity to take part in this. I really enjoyed the experience. I confess to being more than a little nervous. But, the overall experience went well.

The two poems that I shared were EVICTED! And Beauty & the Beast. I think I read the second a little fast, due to nerves. But, the feedback I received was all positive. I got many compliments and praise for these two pieces, and was glad that they were enjoyed by the audience. In addition to that, I got to listen to other poets, short story authors, musicians, singers, etc. Plus, I met a lot of really cool, creative, and friendly people.

The things I would have done differently (or will do differently, next time I do this):

  • Relax, and be confident. It’s a casual atmosphere, not like I’m meeting with the press or a lot of big name publishers and editors.
  • Carry my tote-style purse, with a few extra copies of my book(s) in it, in case anyone is interested. And of course, keep a pen for signatures.
  • Have some kind of swag on hand, be it business card or bookmarks. It’s the perfect opportunity to give someone a card with your website/blog/author page url on it.
  • MENTION THE BOOK! Doh, I totally missed out on the opportunity to mention that these poems are from the anthology Angelic Visions. And, that they can download the book for FREE. Double DOH! I blame my nerves, and not knowing what to expect as it was my first ever Open Mike Night opportunity.

Also this one thing I did do: Thank the host and the person who invited me. I really appreciated this opportunity.

If any of you live in the Pittsburgh/Harmar/Cheswick/Springdale, Pennsylvania area I highly recommend you check out any and all events at D & S Music Hub. It’s a nice little place, run by very nice people and I’d really like to see their business flourish and expand.

If you have any questions, or advice for Open Stage events feel free to email me at dragondreamzpublications@gmail.com.

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New Poem: Drowning

Drowning

Drowning in a sea

Of unpleasant

Deja vus

Yes, I said

I would always

Remember you

Yes I said I would

Cherish

Treasure

Every moment

We spent together

But what kills me

Is the memory

Of all the times

You walked away

Left me drowning

Lonely

Crying out

For you

Struggling to break free

Struggling to breathe

The air that was

Your love

~~~drowning3

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Wednesday Poetry: Catacombs

Catacombs

I will not run

And Hide

In the catacombs,

Praise silently,

Hide my light

Under a bowl.

I will speak loudly,

Clearly

His Name.

For it is the key

That unlocks the door

To my

Freedom.

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Wednessday Poetry: Mercedes Part I

He drove a new

Mercedes.

Pride and Joy

Shiny, red.

He drove his new

Mercedes

When he wanted

To show off

His trophy,

Took care of it

For a while…

But then started to neglect Her.

Let her sit in his garage…

Waiting…Waiting…

Was she too high maintenance?

He felt he could no longer afford her…?

He traded in his

Mercedes

For something reflecting

His insecurities, guilt, self-worth.

He traded in his

Mercedes

For an old-beat up

Rusty Pinto.

Too many miles on it,

Driven by many.

He was only asking for

Trouble

As he drove down the road…

And Trouble

Was all he got.

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Earworm ~ Video Post: Case of the EX by Mya

Earworm
It’s been a long time
Since I heard
That song

I remember
Every word
Mya sang
Described events
Of that day
Exactly what
I wanted to say
But, dared not speak
Just hummed along
Danced
On Eggshells

Earworm
Been a few years
Since I felt
That way
Sunk down
Into despair
Confusion
Realized
Every lyric
Was true

Earworm
Been a while
Since I was stuck
In that place
So glad
That I’m not
There now
So glad
His lies cannot
Hurt me
So proud
He cannot
Reach me now

I’m long gone
From his Realm
Of misery and pain

Earworm
Been a long time
Since I heard
That song
Heard its rhythm
And danced
On solid ground
Sang each word
Out loud
Even laughed.

Earworm
So glad
I am not
That girl,
Anymore.

Earworm
So glad that
Song is just
An earworm
Catchy tune
Instead of
A Lyrical
Lament

~ ~ ~

K. Crumley rambles on...

HA!

…the words are so fitting! And, the dancing is pretty cool too…

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New poem: Ghosts of the Past

Ghosts of the past

Haunt me

I can’t sleep

You were here

Once

Now we’re worlds apart

Your choice

Not mine

Never mine.

Ghost of the past

Like a mystic dream

Sorrowful, mournful, bittersweet

I think about that place

Where we used to be…

And all I can see…

Is your eyes.

And, I wanted to say sorry

But why should I be?

Sorry we’re not

Even friends

I guess.

And I wanted to say “Miss You”

But do I really?

Were you ever who

I thought you were…?

You said you had tried

Tried to be the man I deserved…

But that wasn’t you…

Took me a while to realize….

What you said…

Almost all of it

Was true.

Still love, but not

In love with you.

Still miss you,

But don’t miss

The pain.

Still, haunted

By you and

Our memories

Faded…

Just like ghosts

From the past.

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Wednesday Poetry: Friends

Friends

We were so much more once

But I remember

How we began

We were surreal

Two artists discussing

Our respective crafts

We became more

We fell in love

We went around

Around the Emotional

Roller Coaster…

Then you fell out

Of love

Shock, disbelief, devastated

I felt such pain

Reacted with rage, sorrow, jealousy, ire…

As you

Simply ignored me

Walked away

One year has passed

It all sinks in…

I rehabilitate my heart

My life…

Now I turn back

Remember what we had

Remember how

We began…

And I wish

We could be

Just

Friends

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Wednesday Poetry: TV

~TV~

It used to be that

We could tune in to watch

Old friends,

Like Lucy, The Kramdens, Lassie…

We solved crimes

With Rockford,

And Columbo…

Then the new wave

Of feminism brought us

Mary, Jamie Summers,

And of course

The Angels.

The wave of crime dramas

Evolved from the Metro Glam

Of Magnum PI and Miami Vice

Into Forensics,

NCIS and CSI

Criminal Minds…

Today the glorious

Old days

Are gone, and

We are force-fed

False advertising

And an often feigned

Reality.

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~Stay~

He lays still
Beside me
A Golden Statue
Adonis.

Eyes closed,
He drifts to sleep.

I lay beside him,
Gently snuggling.
So afraid of disturbing
The journey into his dreams…

Yet wonder if I am there.
Eyes flicker, and then open
I wonder what
He is thinking.

Groggy, he speaks
To me
Inquiring something…
And drifts again,
Into a dream.

I wonder again
If I am there,
And how he feels,
And what will be…

I wonder if
He will
Stay.

~K. Crumley, 9/1/2014

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~Pain~

I’ve recovered from
The pain
Buried the grief,
And shame…
Of settling,
and letting you
Treat me
That way.

Yet there’s
So much more to say…
But sometimes words unsaid
Are better off
Left
That way.

~~~

KLC ~ 5/9/2014

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