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Getting up to speak

Heart beat rises, peaks

Sweat rains

Knees are feeling weak

Voice is feeling meek

Nerves strain

Too many thoughts leak

Focus, I must seek

Fears stain


Practice finding words

I want my voice heard


To sing like a bird

While leading a herd


Please hear all my words

Have your spirit lured



I will speak to you

With what I find true

In mind

May you hear me through

No matter the hue

Be kind

I’d like to hear you

What if it’s your cue?



I was recently at a public speaking class and thought it’d be fun to express the thoughts and experiences in this new poetry form. The Lai was encouraged at dVerse for our monthly poetry form challenge and this is my first attempt.