Friday, June 14, 2013


THE POETS COME FROM AROUND THE NATION----to this university town----assemble in a king sized coffee house----with a packed-house audience----5 judges at the ready to rank our performance.  Each of us has 3 minutes to impress the crowd and the  judges.

Laurie drags me there---says "it will be a great experience."---signs me up.
I draw number 11  and one by one the poets perform----deep and heavy stuff---about life and love and existential angst and meaning.

Laurie is number 5. She recites one of her love songs: "TAKE ME TO THE FIRE" -( very sensual)---the audience is pleased----judges give good scores.

I shuffle to the stage---lean to the mike and say:  "True story---about me and my hormones:  THE DANCE OF TESTOSTERONE.  (Listen for yourself): Click here to listen.

Can you hear the reaction?-----to my utter amazement--IT BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN------JUDGES SCORED THE ONLY 10 OF THE NIGHT. 

Round 2---(top 6 poets) I do the matching poem: THE DANCE OF ESTROGEN: 
Click here to listen

Again the audience roars---I have wowed them again--- score another 10.
I have won a poetry slam on my very first try.  Forgive me for bragging---I may never have another night like this. (THANK YOU LAURIE FOR PRODUCING THIS VIDEO AND CHAMPIONING THIS EXPERIENCE!)

RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES:  Often our friends believe in us more than we do.  To have friends who positively CHAMPION us to be our highest self is perhaps life's greatest blessing.  Brenda Harris and Boonie are responsible for encouraging me to write this blog. Brenda taught me computer and Boonie got me blogging. The founding principle of our little community is that we CHAMPION each other.
Feel free to join us at the upcoming RTR here in Flagstaff  being hosted by Bob Wells:  for details check


Bethers said...


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John Farnsworth said...

That Bravo wasn't meant to be anonymous, sorry.
Fine poem, damn well delivered, thanks and congratulations.

2 CooPs said...

Brilliant, very entertaining. Well done!

Jim said...

I've known Randy since 1997...this is Randy at his best. Congratulations, Randy!

Joyce said...

You had me at...

coupe2u said...

Good job Randy - so nice to show your talents and have them appreciated. We always knew you were great.

Grace said...

Now THAT was fun! Good job Randy!

Anonymous said...

Randy, enjoyed your poem very much. Also liked the "Don't sell your Rig." Sorry we didn't connect on that other site before you had already passed through on your way to Flagstaff. Perhaps someday, if fate is kind, we shall meet. Linda in Benson