This is probably the second or third time that I’ve shared this, but this is a night for spoken word poetry, and this is my absolute favorite spoken word poem.
The Addict, A Magician - Michael Lee
The honest telling of a story about addiction, the death of a friend, and how tough recovery can be after the fact.
We’re all human, we make mistakes, we go through tough times, and this poem has been one of the things that has helped me internalize that notion. It’s something I’ve understood for quite some time, but not enough for me to let it influence the way that I interact with or perceive others. In general we have a tendency to forget this, but I think the only way to reach solidarity is to change the way we view each other. Seeing someone speak of a struggle that only a select few can understand and one that most go through alone in such a charged and emotional way is eye-opening if this isn’t something you would have thought about prior. Also, his performance is beautiful.