Performed by Hugh Ritchie
Get to know the poet:
What is the theme of your poem?
What motivated you to write this poem?
I read the newspaper article about the stepmother and grandmother running this poor child to death. I knew someone needed to speak for her and for others who are the victims of abuse.
How long have you been writing poetry?
I started when I was about 8 years old and I have about every poem or verse I have written since then.
If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?
Mother Teresa. Her love, patience, and wisdom have always inspired me.
What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?
I had planned to create it in multimedia myself, however, my diabetes resulted in cataracts, a hearing loss and nerve damage to my hands. While I do plan on creating the piece in multimedia, I wanted to get this piece out there and share it. I felt that a professional actor would give it the emotions it deserved.
Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?
I write verse, poems, and inspirational articles. On the quirky side, I write prose about the Walking Dead, at my blog: http://twd-coda.tumblr.com/. I used to play the piano long ago (started in 2nd grade) and used to be an illustrator.
What is your passion in life?
I am a creative. It is part of everything I do, and everything that I am.
Most of my writing is very emotional and heartfelt. Some even consider it dark. I struggled to explain “the why” in my first YouTube Video entitled “My Child” which was about the Haiti tragedy. When I posted My Child, the reason of why I share my writing, became clear: Sometimes, sorrow must be shared ~ so that we can feel as one, mourn as one, heal as one….
Eventually, I want to create a multimedia channel called Voices Silenced, and be a voice for those who are unable to tell their story.