On January 18th, the South Jersey Writers' Group awarded me first place in their Poetry Contest. Surprise and gratefulness are two words that come to mind. After experiencing some personal loss, having others appreciate "I Exist. Hear Me" encouraged me in a meaningful way.
I wrote this poem at a time of an internal battle to forge ahead despite all the negative phrases running through my mind...phrases I'd heard over the years from those whose opinions I'd valued.
On January 26th, I had the opportunity to read "I Exist. Hear Me" at the South Jersey Writers Group Open Mic.
My poem will be published on the South Jersey Writers' Group soon, a benefit of winning the competition. I will post here after that happens, so stay tuned.