Watch the poetry reading performed by Val Cole.
The Eternal Dance by Michelle B. Assor
1) What is the theme of your poem?
THE ETERNAL DANCE
2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?
This poem is a satire on life. I think people may respond with feelings of humor and pathos. I wrote this poem at the age of fifteen. Although I had not yet experienced a full life back then, I felt brazen enough to express my deepest, satirical feelings on how I envisaged the cycle of life. ‘The Eternal Dance’ expresses both the eternal highs and lows of the different stages of life.
3) How long have you been writing poetry?
I started writing poetry at the age of eleven when I was diagnosed with scoliosis. I was confined to a Milwaukee brace (from neck to hips) for four years. I was permitted to remove it only one hour a day. I was a also a ballet and spanish dancer at the time and so I removed the brace sometimes for two hours a day but slept with it at night. It was a traumatic period in my life and writing poetry enabled me to best express the emotions I felt at the time.
4) Do you have a favorite poet?
Favorite classical poets:
13th century mystic poet Rumi.
Favorite contemporary poets:
Kenyan poet Chris Mukasa
Russian poet Vera Pavlova
American poet Shel Silverstein
5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?
I have written many poems and feel its time to expose my poetry. ‘The Eternal Dance’ is one of my favorites and I chose to submit it to Wildsound. I hope viewers enjoy it.
6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?
I have written a whimsical, classical fantasy novel where the setting is a reptile-driven kingdom and the characters are serpents. I am busy with the sequel and the series will be a trilogy, ‘The Snaygill Trilogies’.
Writing this series is challenging but such fun and it allows me to transport my imagination to the highest places. I am so excited to see the outcome of the series.
I write short stories and poetry and enjoy exploring different genres. I have not embarked in script writing training but endeavor to teach myself.
7) What is your passion in life?
IMy passions are my children, my family and my friends. I enjoy solitude but I also love to socialize and have fun. Creativity is immensely important to me. I love art, music, reading, fashion, decorating, gardening and simply musing. I love the ocean, nature and animals. I dream of peace on earth and how we desperately need to make this world a better place and a better environment for all, quoting John Lennon’s eternal words ‘Imagine’.
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson