Friday, April 6, 2012

Original Poem: Paper Tyranny

Last Friday I went with Courtney to a poetry reading in southern Wisconsin. The café was delightful and only carried organic products. I confess, I ate cheesecake and a cinnamon roll for dinner that night. The server told me she admired me, but there's nothing to be admired about a 20 year old eating sugar for dinner and then blowing bubbles in her milk because she's so nervous about reading a poem in front of an audience that she has lost all her common sense. 
But I digress...
It was my first time performing at an open mic, and I felt quite brave afterward -- like a gladiator of poets. The poem below is the one I read...into the microphone...that made my voice really really everybody could hear every single word I said...

Paper Tyranny
Rachel Marie Talan

We are paper dolls
in a paper world, and all
must fold before you.
Your wicked lips, like
paper clips, are click-clicking 
over paper ears. 
Crumpled citizens
listen and watch, faces blank
with unprinted fears.
Your scissors above
are casting shadows and dread:
Snip. Snip. We’re all dead.

I'd also like to thank everyone for the sweet words of encouragement you gave me on Monday. All of you are just swell :)


  1. Oh congrats on your first open mic!! That's awesome!

    And in response to your poem, wow!! What a powerful, well-written piece! I absolutely love it!

    xo, gina

  2. Oh, Rachel, that poem is so inspiring. You are marvelous. <3

  3. Whoa, that's exciting! Congrats! And I adore this poem-powerful and entrancing. Love it!

  4. Good for you! Congrats on your open mic bravery!

  5. Congratulations on your performance. Public speaking gets easier and easier with practice; we gain confidence from experience.

  6. There was never a better time to use this corny 90s phrase: "You go girl!" :) But seriously, you go girl!

  7. Great job! I would have totally freak out. You look so cool in front of the mic.



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