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Poetry

September 13, 2017

She stands in front of a sea of vulnerable ears waiting to hear her truth. Drifting into her words, she closes her eyes. When she is on stage, no one can touch her. She is invincible. But it has not always been this way. Before she did poetry, Aly Terry was lost.

She was lost when she moved from state to state accommodating her dad’s job.

She was lost when, after finally making new friends, she had to leave and start all over.

She was lost when she had to deal with her biological father’s abandonment.

She was lost when she didn’t fit in at her new school in “white suburbia.”

She was lost when her grandma, her biggest supporter, passed away.

She was lost when she was pushed to the point of suicide.

However, for once in her life, something found her.

K-Word slam poetry club, is home to all walks of life. And the ‘poetry people’ as Terry calls them, were on a different level of acceptance.

The people who helped her find a home at her new school would become some of her closest friends and help her develop what was once was a hobby into a passion.

Now, a two-time veteran of the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival, Terry said she still gets nervous every time she performs. But the relief after she shares her darkest moments is what makes competing so worthwhile, according to her. She says after it’s over, she feels as if she has been through months of therapy. She is finally at peace.

Terry opens her eyes and looks in front of her to see a crowd of thunderous applause. People just like her praising her bravery to go up on stage and tell a story. And for that moment of bliss, Terry said she knows she is no longer lost.

Poetry

She stands in front of a sea of vulnerable ears waiting to hear her truth. Drifting into her words, she closes her eyes. When she is on stage, no one can touch her. She is invincible. But it has not always been this way. Before she did poetry, Aly Terry was lost.

She was lost when she moved from state to state accommodating her dad’s job.

She was lost when, after finally making new friends, she had to leave and start all over.

She was lost when she had to deal with her biological father’s abandonment.

She was lost when she didn’t fit in at her new school in “white suburbia.”

She was lost when her grandma, her biggest supporter, passed away.

She was lost when she was pushed to the point of suicide.

However, for once in her life, something found her.

K-Word slam poetry club, is home to all walks of life. And the ‘poetry people’ as Terry calls them, were on a different level of acceptance.

The people who helped her find a home at her new school would become some of her closest friends and help her develop what was once was a hobby into a passion.

Now, a two-time veteran of the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival, Terry said she still gets nervous every time she performs. But the relief after she shares her darkest moments is what makes competing so worthwhile, according to her. She says after it’s over, she feels as if she has been through months of therapy. She is finally at peace.

Terry opens her eyes and looks in front of her to see a crowd of thunderous applause. People just like her praising her bravery to go up on stage and tell a story. And for that moment of bliss, Terry said she knows she is no longer lost.

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