Grounded- A Spoken Word Poem

Written by Rochelle Reynolds, April 2020

I read the news today

Oh boy

The dreamers have won

The world is now one

United in a terrifying Petri dish

Russian Roulette with invisible guns

While I'm firing blanks at the same old targets

So what have you lost this decade?

I had spent so long feeling stuck at the station

Limiting communication

Highly impatient, waiting

For validation

And commiseration

Trapped in humiliation

And alienation

Hiding behind my education, racing against hesitation, waiting

For a sign that I shouldn't quit

Getting sick of it

Saw my exit so I split

Yes I booked it

I landed in darkness yet was blinded by lights

Spent the trip feeling nauseous, but never lost sight 

Of what I wanted to do

I learned fast and I grew

Sure at times I might have stumbled but I never fell through

And it worked, or was working

Was finding some peace

I earned my seat at the table just in time for the feast

And now?

Hopes and dreams, aspirations hanging on by a thread

Mind's fraying, soul's tattered

And heart's nearly shred

Spilled guts laying tangled like yarn in a basket

Tapestry being wove but the world went and trashed it

This change is drastic.

So I've been exorcising daemons with exercise

Go on, add another mile

One more set

They don't have your stamina, never forget

Lungs burning, heart pounding in your chest like a drum

Now don't you ever stop to think about what you're running from

Like the pressure that you're under now to just stay afloat

Doing anything you can to not go down as a joke

As somebody who couldn't cut it, didn't have what it took

To turn over a new leaf and start rewriting the book

Keep reinventing, redefining, inspiring

When it's taking all I have to keep myself from expiring

And convincing myself it's somehow all meant to be

Ooh, lucky me

A universal decree

To slow down, take a breath, use the time to relax

Remind myself the whole world has gone a little off-track

The fact is I'm just not there yet; I'm trying but

It's hard to have your wings clipped when you just started flying

"Animal Instinct"- An Improvised Monologue

Created & Performed by Rochelle Reynolds, March 2020

This piece was loosely inspired by the now legendary 

Carole Baskin from the Netflix documentary Tiger King.


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