I always look forward with great anticipation to the Open Mic portion of our readings. Sometimes a well established poet will try out new material or share a prize-winning poem. We’ve had poets who are reading at an open mic for the very first time. Some poems are sad, some funny, formal verse, rhyming verse, free verse, you never know what might be next. At our January reading Beth Riley, who was attending our reading for the first time, treated us to a poem that she wrote about the reading while it was going on. With her kind permission, here is Beth’s poetic observation about our January DiVerse reading:
My First Visit to QO Second Sunday
DiVerse Poetry Open Mic
Audience response is akin to going to the symphony.
After each piece there is no applause,
Just a pause.
But listen closely and you will hear the modest praise:
“Mmmmm” like after a good piece of chocolate.
Sometimes a thoughtful “hmmm.”
Sometimes a quiet sudden “Oh!”
Signaling that the point was well made.
And then there was that one response,
Just after the Vessel piece,
A descending “Mm, mm, mm.”
–by Beth Riley
Beth Riley of Frederick, MD is Lead Vocalist of local classic rock band SR3. She dabbles in poetry, sketching, and painting for catharsis from her day job as document formatter and editor of dry and lengthy medical research reports.