I prepare for the greatest show on earth.
I imagine the smell of fresh cut grass,
covered with colorful blankets
and folding chairs, drenched by the sun.
I dance to the steady beat of the drums
and the piercing strum of the electric guitars.
I feel the force of the sounds take me to another dimension.
No troubles in sight.
My book Raw is about self-reflection and embracing the inner-self. I tell a story about my life through each poem- sharing my personal experiences when dealing with grief, love, happiness and sadness. I immediately found great comfort and healing by writing poems after the sudden death of my father on October 10, 2021. I hope that my poems will inspire others to look within themselves and share their own stories.
About the Author
Karen Lee Stradford is currently a certified Special Education/English teacher at Columbia High School in the South Orange and Maplewood School District in New Jersey. She holds a Master's of Arts degree (M.A.) and certifications as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDT/C) and a Supervisor.
Many of her poems are published by: Literary Yard ezine and Scars Publications (Down in the Dirt magazine).