Over the winter break, I picked up a dusty book from my bookshelf that contained poems from American poets. I was a try hard when it came to trying to like poetry.
But, I just couldn’t find poetry that made my heart leap, and my soul weep.
Then, Langston Hughes with his jazz poetry came along. Call me a fish, but I was hooked. *ba-dum-tshh*
I used to regard poems as confusing and downright alien. But, I couldn’t be more wrong. Poems are open to interpretation, and some are full of riddles. But, the most unique poems possess an unspoken communication that strikes the mind.
I highly recommend reading some of Hughes poetry because of both the vibrancy of his style and the truth in his words. I enjoyed how his poems have a light rhythm, but a heavy undertone to address rather impassioned subject matters. Here are a few lines from some of my favorite poems of his:
“So since I’m still here livin’,
I guess I will live on.”
“Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”
“My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder where I’m gonna die,
Being neither white nor black?”
“I wonder what makes
A funeral so high?
A poor man ain’t got
No business to die.”
“The most dangerous risk of all– the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” -Randy Komisar
“Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity. What’s the point of being realistic? It’s unrealistic to walk into a room, flip a switch, and have light come on, but fortunately, Edison didn’t think so.” -Will Smith
“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” -Robert Schuller
Follow your purpose.
“People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”
From comedic bits to a fashion show to informative trivia and cultural dance/song performances, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations aka ASEAN put on a wonderful performance on February 8th, 2018.
I got to sit back and watch fellow OU students share their culture with the audience. I also got to see some of my friends perform! Sarah participated in Thailand’s water festival dance and Don danced to represent Burmese culture!
The different dance performances were unique in their own way and filled the auditorium with energy. There were different costumes, dance styles, and music that set each dance group a part. The international events on campus, especially those showcasing students cultures are the most fun to go to!