Sarah Kay is a spoken word poet. Before I go any further get rid of all those pre conceptions you have about clicking fingers and coffee house readings. Sarah Kay is a whirlwind of beautiful words and an incredible presence on stage. It is almost as if she is telling you one story with her voice and a second with her hands. She has a pitch perfect tone and just the right balance between eloquent and clutz.
When I was choosing an excerpt of one of her poems I went back again and listened to her TED talk- where I first heard her. And I wanted to put every word she said into this post.
But their were two particular pieces from her poems in that talk that had stayed with me so I chose both of them to share with you today. They reference determination and never giving up and I love in particular the imagery the first brings to mind.
Her poem reminds me of Rudyard Kipling's "If" that he wrote for his son. A letter to
Please, please take a moment and watch the video, it is well worth it. I challenge you not to love it.
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