By Mario Tarradell, Public Relations & Marketing Manager
The 12th season of DaVerse Lounge splashed onto Life in Deep Ellum Friday, Oct. 7. We welcomed 358 guests, from readers to receivers, for the 3-hour emotional literacy love fest.
Among the array of spoken word poets we watched five performers do a little freestylin’. That always stirs up plenty of excitement among the audience.
But so do the words, because words are powerful. So let’s take a look at a dozen One Line Wonders and relive the magic of the evening and the potency of the sentiments.
“This love stuff sticks with you forever like tattoos”
– A lovesick manifesto written as a poem that shot straight to the soul.
“I’m done with your abuse, your burden, and your desire to use me…I can’t hate anyone that I don’t care about anymore”
– Truly potent, nerve-rattling piece about escaping a toxic relationship.
“I am what I am; I am me”
– Simple words about self-empowerment that strike a universal chord.
“The freedom not to be trapped behind the man I am”
– Proof that fixing the man in the mirror is a pathway to the stars.
“You made me who I am today because I know who not to be”
– Be independent, not a statistic, and learn from those around you.
“I’m sorry I couldn’t pretend for you anymore”
– A dysfunctional relationship leads to freedom, self-realization, and self-determination
“We went from chains, to ropes, to now bullies”
– The news of the day, police brutality against black men, via heavy, thought-provoking words.
“You traded heartache for hope, hunger for hard work”
– The plight of foreigners learning a new language as a ticket to US prosperity.
“I understand that we need to speak, but some of us can’t because we are too meek”
– Stop the bullying, and always make the bullied strong.
“Our lives are mosaics made up of pieces holding a story”
– A dramatic declaration about hopes and dreams.
“Sometimes I just want to shake the love out of us”
– When a relationship is slowly dying you’ll try anything to resuscitate it.
“You and peanuts have a lot in common – I love you so much but you are so bad for me”
– Toxic love tastes good, but then you must swallow the poison.
DaVerse Lounge thanks TACA, Dallas Mavericks, State Farm, Liberty Burger, and the M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation for their generous support.
Photos by Alan Gann