At the corner of Mt St Louis Rd W and the 5th Line, in the little town of Mount St Louis, there is a little church hall which every Thursday night is home to Good Vibes Coffeehouse.
It’s a wonderful gathering place for musicians, comedians, poets and artists, and other like minded people.
Everyone gets there fifteen minutes of fame. It is a place where every gift is appreciated and everyone is made welcome. My favourite thing to do there has always been that of a spectator, allowing the music and the atmoshere to soothe my soul.
But everyone once in a while, I would think to myself, ‘it would be kind of nice’ to take my spot on the stage.
I am not a musician, and people need not listen to me sing, but I do love poetry and there are so many poems that are meant to be read.
So, on a quiet night in January, when there were only a few people in the house, I was asked to put my name on the board and read some scripts from a book.
I loved the feeling of being on stage, finding it a lot easier and more rewarding than I had anticipated.
The following two weeks, I again signed my name on the board, reading from Canada’s most passionate poet, Leonard Cohen.