Performed by Val Cole
Get to know the winning poet:
What is the theme of your poem?
Being ill and bedridden for so long, these are the dreams that I have and they get me away from my reality. It’s my bucket list and really it’s my way out sometimes.
What motivated you to write this poem?
To give others that are in similar situations reasons to find Solutions or places to dream about and that they sometimes do come true. I want people to know that they’re not alone and there are ways to take your mind elsewhere sometimes.
How long have you been writing poetry?
I actually just recently found out that I was writing poems in 1st grade. I’m not saying that they were good poems, but they did rhyme so I guess prose was always a love of mine.
If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?
All of my family and loved ones lost.
What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?
I am a disabled bedridden nurse and I am just an amateur poet prose just struck me and gave me a reason to get up each day.
Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?
I actually write a lot because it calms my mind and helps me to relax because I don’t sleep much and it eases my pain along with painting. Most of my poems come in the middle of the night.
What is your passion in life?
As someone who took care of and watched her family and friends pass away I am a 45 year old that never knew how to slow down and smell the roses I just want to try to be kind to one another and pay it forward to others in similar situations I’m trying to set up a foundation because art and any form really saved my life and gave me a reason to wake up and try each morning and as long as God blesses me to give me those daily breaths I will continue to use them to try to do something for others and hopefully get better in the process.