If I Should Have a Daughter

­­­The gist: Sarah Kay performs two spoken words poem and talks about her experience of connecting people and educating youth through Project V.O.I.C.E.

Spoken words, essentially reading a poem out loud,  are incredibly captivating and riveting when performed by talented artists.

Sarah Kay delivered an amazing performance. The recital of the poem was accompanied by gestures and emotions. It’s just the right amount of theatricality that she added in there. I couldn’t look away from the screen the moment she started speaking. I felt connected to her, and that she was speaking specifically to me.

Sarah’s poem itself, in my opinion, while beautifully written, conveys a rather common message—a mother encouraging her unborn daughter to be bold and hopeful. What I found more interesting is her experience with spoken words. She was only 14 when she discovered this art form. And she followed the path ever since. She listed the three steps to take when pursuing a passion:

Step 1: Saying “I can.” Believe in yourself

Step 2: Saying “I will.” Take actions to pursue what you are passionate about.

Step 3: Infuse the work you are doing with the specific things that make you you.

“When I meet you, in that moment, I’m no longer a part of your future. I start quickly becoming part of your past. But in the instant, I get to share your present. And you, you get to share mind. And that is the greatest present of all.”

My favorite quote from the performance is from the second poem, Hiroshima. It reminds me of a quote from Tennyson, “I am a part of all that I have met.” The moments we share with other people, let it be friends or strangers, are the building blocks of life. We take whatever gained from the interactions with people we encounter, and bring it with us on the journey. It’s pretty cool to think that there’s a little bit of us in each other. Continue reading

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