. Today I'll read my poetry to strangers in public & this is a first for me. Most of the poems I'll be reading have never been shared on here & I'm pretty excited about that. I'm not published yet, & I know I have so much work to do, but this feels like a good step. I started writing my first collection a year & a half ago. Since then everything has changed, I have changed. Maybe poetry changed me, maybe I changed myself through it, I don't know. What I do know is that this is better, I am better. I was terrified of poetry, now I'm braver through it. The poem above goes at the end of my first collection.