The Thaw

When you don’t know
what good feels like
love burns
like lukewarm water
applied gently
to frostbitten fingers
not the fault of the water
nor the frozen flesh but
still it recoils in shock
traumatic contrast
to the status quo
of dying cells
rigid stone
numbing off to rotted sleep

When you don’t know
what it’s like to feel good
suffering is normal
breathing toxic air
is just breathing
thinking
you’re to blame
for your shortness of breath
failing of lungs
weakness in your
fragile, flabby trunk
that you pad
for self-protection

But one day
a blessed recipe
essential oil
of patience, hope and grace
invites a fresh whiff
an awe-some imagination
of expanded ribs
agile, nourished limbs
you can believe
the once impossible
aided by the persistent kindness
of warm hands
and close-lidded kisses
scales fall from your eyes
tears unclog
and you inhale all the way
into life
revive
a vigor and vibrance
that was awkward fantasy before

gradually
finally
your fingers thaw
and you grasp life firmly
with both hands

© S.Rinderle, 2013

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I made it to the third round of the city slam championships!

Oh my!  My goal tonight was to not get cut in the first round (of four).  Not only did I not get cut in the first round, I came in 6th out of 10.  I advanced to the second round and placed 3rd out of 7!  Then I went on to the third round and came in 4th of 5!  Does that mean I’m #4 in the city?  Wow!  It was a great night, everyone was on their game, and the crowd had fabulous energy.  Damien Flores got the title (felicidades!) followed by Zachary Kluckman and Mercedes Holtry.  I’m just stoked to have been included on the stage with some of the poets I most admire in this super-talented city.  Today was a good day — buenas noches Burque!  🙂

I made the city slam finals!

Hi!  Happy Friday the 13th!  Much to my surprise, I made the finals for the Albuquerque city slam championship and the chance to complete for a spot in the Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, WA!

Come out and root for me and my other fabulous competitors next Saturday, September 21, at ArtBar in downtown Albuquerque (Gold & 2nd).  Doors open at 6:30 and admission is $7 ($2 for club members, and under 21s permitted with parent or guardian).

This city’s slam poetry talent is super sick.  Sacrifice poets are local poetry giants Jessica Helen Lopez and David Maile, and event is hosted by the eminent Don McIver.  I share the competition stage with ridiculous poets like Sara Roman and Jesus Lucero — also local slam champs Brooke von Blomberg, Mercedez Holtry, Rich Boucher, Damien Flores, Zachary Kluckman, Emily Bjustrom, and Gigi Bella!

Not too bad for someone who’s only been slamming for a few months!  🙂

See you there!

Just WON my first slam!

Hi y’all!  I just won first place in the monthly Final Friday poetry slam here in Albuquerque, much to my surprise!!  (After a couple not-so-great performances in the last few weeks).  Thrilled to share the stage with some super talented local poets and the featured ABQ poetry slam team, leaving for Boston on August 12th!  Keep checking my website for upcoming performances, including a feature performance on August 18th!

Slam poetry debut!

Hi everyone!  Thanks so much for subscribing!  I promise to keep posts short and only frequent enough to keep things interesting….

I had my slam poetry debut last Friday at “Final Friday” at Winnings Coffee House.  It was an incredible show hosted by slam champs Damien Flores and Jazz Cuffee, and with a feature by the super unique Esmé Vaandrager.  Many in attendance felt even the open mic was better than many slams — that is to say all the performances that night were awesome, and I was thrilled to be in the company of such talent and cool people.

Anywho I made the second round — not too bad for a first time slammer!  🙂  Truth be told I was unprepared to make the second round, and the poem I brought was too long.  Even without the time penalty I missed placing by .1 points.  WOW!

Want to see what you missed?  Check out the video on my “performances” page under “poetry” or just click here!

See you at the next show!

P.S. A few of you have asked to see/listen to my music.  It’s coming — right now I’m focused on poetry, but I think I’m going to be doing some shareable music sooner rather than later!