Out of my comfort zone

Over the last few days I’ve been forced to come out of my comfort zone. Performing to a live audience has never been my ambition. Sure, from time to time I’ve made speeches, talked at professional functions and had a fair amount of experience in meeting procedures and speaking about things I’m trained in. But never, never have I had to perform in the arts.  Over the last two days I’ve read poetry in the park. Yes, you heard right, poetry, my own poetry…all the more scary!

Our writing organisation conducted a wonderful project called ‘Poetry Pathways’. A community writing project that was born from workshops following the ekphrastic writing process.  Ekphrastic writing dates back to ancient Greece and experiments with the relationship between an object or element of community setting and the person/poet.

The project was centred around the beautiful Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Eighteen poets attended two workshops and wrote poems about various aspects of the gardens. Some poets wrote about well-known and magnificent statues adorning the garden landscape. Others wrote about the smaller plant life whilst many choose the large and aged trees that jot the gardens and provide the atmosphere of tranquillity and splendour.

We produced a beautiful book of poetry, maybe I’m biased… During the Begonia Festival week-end we read our poems to the public over three days. What a fabulous but anxiety provoking experience. I wrote and read about the lily pond, I might share it one day! Doing something that took me out of my comfort zone was well worth it. I suggest it to everyone…now and again anyway!

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 Photo: Nadine Cranenburgh

About Heathermargaret

Counsellor, writer, mother of adult sons and wife. The order of above changes regularly depending on lifes' pressing issues.
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10 Responses to Out of my comfort zone

  1. I loved your poem about the Lily Pond Heather. That’s a great photo too.

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  2. Jennifer says:

    Good on you Heather. Sounds like a rewarding weekend.

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  3. Public speaking is frightening. I am glad that you pushed through your barriers and comfort zone to now have a day that you will always remember.

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  4. Liz Lumsdon says:

    Good on you, Heather! Sounds a wonderful and liberating experience. Sorry I missed it! Liz

    On 10/03/2015 9:35 pm, “heathermargaret” wrote:

    > Heathermargaret posted: “Over the last few days I’ve been forced to come out > of my comfort zone. Performing to a live audience has never been my ambition. > Sure, from time to time I’ve made speeches, talked at professional functions > and had a fair amount of experience in meeting p” >

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  5. deivamarina says:

    Hi Heather, I didn’t realise that you were new to poetry and to reading in the arts and that makes Poetry Pathways all the more exciting and meaningful to our group. I smile every time I think of us wending our way through the Gardens surrounded by thousands of people stopping to read. Congratulations. I look forward to more of your performances.

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