Choked (Poem)


This day keep roaming through my mind
The day I choked
It felt like my career was hung by a rope
Started to recite, that’s when my voice broke
Everything seemed blurry; I couldn’t even see what I wrote

I was supposed to get up there and speak so I could promote
What I wrote was so dope
But nope
I was too nervous
It was like my mouth was moving and I wasn’t controlling it

Although my voice was heard
I suffered
I couldn’t believe how bad it was going

I continue to keep flowing
Hoping my performance would start growing
While I kept going I was hoping no one would start roasting
The word’s on my phone felt like they were floating
I started going crazy

Worried about people hazing
As my legs and hands continued shaking
I thought I was fading
Before coming I thought it was going to be a walk in the park
Just glad to be showing off my art

I thought I had the heart
It felt like high school
As soon as my voice cracked
But this time I felt like I got off track

As the mic continues to slip out of my hands
Picturing the mic drop as I stand
As I continue to clench the mic
And recite

I had written crazy 2 a few days before
It was fresh
When I wrote it, it was 3 pages
By looking at the faces
I had their attention

I just couldn’t finish
I couldn’t even hear my English
I ended early
The day I choked would always be remembered
But could never hold me back
Because I will be back

Disclaimer: Mentioned about my experience in Story Time: Open Mic and Stage Fright. But this is just the poetic form. I hope after all this quarantine I’ll finally get back on stage. I choked 4 years ago and haven’t tried again. I know fear is just in my head. I just have to get passed it.

Author: K. Exum
K. Exum is an up and coming author & poet. He looks to make his longtime childhood dream job his reality. By creating this blog, he seems to show his skills for writing. His hunger for success and dedication to turn his ordinary life into his dreams has brought him to this point. K is currently working on his 5th spoken word project, "Poetic Gift." Reach out by this email to connect!

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