I love being that poet
Who doesn’t fit in.
Who colors outside the lines
With shades of puzzling innuendos
Who transforms his paper trails
Into outspoken crescendos.
With the intention
Of looking for
New ways of self-expression
For spiritual exploration
From the most minuscule
Forms of life.
I love being that poet
Who is frequently misunderstood.
Yet spontaneously self-assured.
Starting off his performances
Feeling a little bit uptight;
But then all of a sudden
All my worries seem to subside
As I put the mic aside
So then I can make proper use
Of the entire theatrical space
Where I am able to unfold my creative grace
Among the rowdy crowd
As I skip and loop around,
As I throw myself onto the ground.
That don’t align with the abnormalities
Of my Peruvian personality.
I love being that poet,
Whose monologues are mostly conveyed
Through self-healing incantations
Through fleshy gesticulations,
Attempting to bring peaceful awareness
By getting rid of all your mental tribulations.
Using my mouth
And my words
As an auxiliary
For the misinterpreted,
And even though I might not
Fit in with the vast majority,
I am still going to keep on projecting
The most genuine expression of myself.
Because if there is something I have learned
Through embellishing approbations
And multiple bitter rejections
Is that at the end of the day,
Is the most powerful thing
We can possibly ever do.
© Piero G. Sarmiento Alosilla
Excerpt from the book Poems of Provocative Motivation
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About the Author
Piero G. Sarmiento Alosilla is a theatrical poet, medical interpreter and a multilingual educator from Lima, Peru. He was raised in an artistic world, due to his parents’ involvement in the fields of Dramatic Arts, Painting, Screen-Writing and TV Production. In 2014, Piero moved to Washington D.C. where he discovered his passion for Spoken Word Poetry and Motivational Speaking. Piero uses poetry as therapeutic tool to heal, provoke inspiration and arise feelings of cathartic joy to audiences across the globe. He mostly writes about self-help, touching upon the concepts of gratitude, optimism and interracial relations in the form of satire. He is a holistic and energetic artist who intends to raise awareness with his spiritual approach.