Inspired Poetry: Ode to Louder Than a Bomb

A silent auction at the Louder Than a Bomb Fundraiser Party featured the chance to hire poets to lead private workshops or performances. Photo by Erica Schlaikjer.

 

On Friday, February 24, Benevolent Media presented Louder Than a Bomb, a fundraiser party to benefit Split This Rock and the DC Youth Slam Team in Washington, D.C.

Friends and fans joined us at The Dunes for a special evening featuring live performances by D.C.’s best and brightest youth poets, plus excerpts from Louder Than a Bomb, an award-winning documentary about the world’s largest teen poetry slam, based out of Chicago.

Funds raised at the party will help stage the first-ever Louder Than A Bomb High School Poetry Slam Festival in the District in June 2012.

One of our guests was so inspired by the cause that she attended the following day’s DC Youth Slam Team Grand Slam Finals at Busboys and Poets, and then wrote a poem inspired by the performers.

“Ode to Louder Than a Bomb”
by Heather Sullivan

A mic. The floor. One stage.

Vocal canvas for the word painter.
Healing haunt of poetic landmines.
Tepid teapot set to flame.

Scalding, seeping, weeping, humble…your waters begin to rain.

You cry; I cry.
You flood; I brace.
You pause; I wait.

Nothing is more important than what you’re about to say.

Standing in your shoes, I lose my brother.
Living in your home, I lose my parents.
Loving with your heart, I chase the mangoes, too.

But all is not lost.

Your Community stands around you.
Your Occupation stands within you.
And Your Beauty sings the highest notes we may ever hear.

With this mic, on this floor, center stage…

You bend all insecurities with courage.
Whiteboards will rise in ovation
Because you stood facing the Light.

About the poet: Heather Sullivan works at an environmental think tank in Washington, D.C. and dreams of being an artist full-time. She currently resides in Arlington, Va.

Erica Schlaikjer

About the Author Erica Schlaikjer

Erica Schlaikjer is the Creator and Curator of Benevolent Media. She lives in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @benevolentmedia and @eschlaik.

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