(and this is only rehearsal)

How strange
to stack up my stories
side by side the words
of women unlike me
yet like,
their stories not mine,
yet mine--
How wonderful to wrap
their words around my words,
struggles alongside mine,
another mother’s hopes
and fears
twined round my heart--
They call that an a-ha,
that moment
of profound
yet simple recognition--
yeah I get that,
it’s like that for me, too--
I won’t soon forget.

Getting excited for Listen To Your Mother Providence! It's next Saturday! Today was our final rehearsal, and I'm telling you, this show is going to be unforgettable. And it's April 28, which means this is poem number 28 of 30 for National Poetry Month. Whew!


  1. thanks for this marian!!! you always seem to capture the heart of these precious moments! so honored to be there with you this Saturday! :)

  2. The feeling's mutual; I'm humbled to be reading next to so many amazing women. Yay!

  3. It is, isn't it? Even more amazing is the realization that it is happening in 24 cities across the country, and that each of them only hosts a smidgen of a fraction of the talented writers who auditioned... It astounds me.

  4. Love love love this! And I feel the same way...

  5. Can't wait to see you! To HEAR you!

  6. I remember the rehearsals and next to the show day (which was surreal) they were my favorite parts. By the second one I had memorized many of the pieces, found myself mouthing the words right along with my FRIENDS and it made the whole experience even more incredible.
    I am sorry I cannot be there, but I will be, my love, my heart, my wishes for you will be sitting on your shoulder, quietly listening and mouthing the words.


  7. I'd love to be a member of the audience. I'm sure it will be an unforgettable experience.

  8. sounds like a wonderfully empowering thing you're involved in! break a leg!

  9. swoon, swoon, swoon! gotta get my swooning outta the way so i don't swoon on stage :)


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