Poetry Reading: ROGUE WAVE, by Joanne Van Leerdam

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

The theme of ‘Rogue Wave’ is living with and surviving the challenges life throws at us. Everyone faces challenges that turn life over and make us wonder what’s coming next. This poem will also have additional depth for anyone living with a chronic illness or a condition, especially depression or anxiety – they can go through this kind of experience every day, sometimes more than once a day.

What motivated you to write this poem?

‘Rogue Wave’ is a poem that comes from my own experience of life as a person who lives with both depression and chronic conditions. It frequently feels like the wave of life is dumping me hard, but even when it does spit me onto the sand, I have survived.

I wrote this poem to encourage those in similar situations through knowing that they are not alone and someone else feels the same way they do, but also to enlighten those who haven’t considered what that can be like.

How long have you been writing poetry?

I’ve been writing poetry for years, and got published for the first time last year.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

William Shakespeare. I love his work, and have so many questions!

What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I believe in my work, and I want to see it reach people and move them. I think that’s what any poet wants.

Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

In addition to my poetry, I have one book of short stories about encountering challenge and change called ‘New Horizons’, and a one-act play for teens called ‘The Shakespeare Omelette’.

What is your passion in life?

Obviously, poetry is one of my passions. I’m also passionate about helping my students be the best that they can be and pursue their own passions in life, too.

About poetryfest

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