Thank goodness for moments of encouragement at the right time. My poem ‘Housekeeper” was selected to be performed in 2011 “Phrasings: words & dance” event in Bellingham WA.. Phrasings is a poets and dancer collaboration organized by the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers and the Bellingham Repertory Dance Company. At the time these two groups shared the same space in Fairhaven, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center. It is a natural marriage.
I can still remember the excitement of receiving the acceptance email, AND sitting at first rehearsal watching the ladies perform my poem to dance. It was almost as beautiful as watching my children come into the world! Seriously, it was glorious! I hugged and cried on each dancer, and told them I’d love them forever like a drunken friend. Having all that happen to me when it did was a pivot point in my poetry. It was a pat-on-the-back I’d been waiting years for. It felt like redemption.
Artistic expression is fundamental to our well-being. It is essential as an outlet. I am thankful for the rich art culture here in Bellingham. John F. Kennedy said “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him (or her).”
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Shannon Laws is a Pacific Northwest poet. Her story-telling poetry has touched many hearts and minds. She is the author of four poetry books, the most recent “Fallen” published by Independent Writer’s Studio Press. Shannon has received two Mayor’s Arts Awards and the Community Champion Award for promoting local artists on community radio and encouraging peace and understanding through community poetry events. She makes her home in Bellingham, Washington, USA.
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2 thoughts on “Poetry: Housekeeper”
Oh, how I remember and love this poem, Shannon! Thank you for posting it!
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Thank you Susanissima. You are an encouraging artists to me. You have such a wide range of talent, skill and disciplines. Your work in the global community is appreciated. xo
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