Marcia's Poem: "Sound Advice"

One of PPA's many current projects is Vandalia Women’s Theatre Spoken Word Project. In July, PPA Artistic Director Agnes Wilcox assigned the Vandalia women a range of New York Times articles on famous and not-so-famous people; each PPA poet read her article and wrote a poem in the voice and attitude of the famous person, giving advice to other people. Below, PPA poet Marcia responds to the NYT profile "Kacey Musgrave's Rebel Twang,"  with her own piece, "Sound Advice." Marcia tells us, “This is my 2nd semester with Spoken Word. I love the class because it is an outlet for creativity and my imagination.”

"Sound Advice" 

Aim high
Follow your arrow
wherever it points
Sing your heart out
Love who you love
no matter what
Do what the hell you want to do
since everyone will have their
opinion either way.
Push the envelope
all the way to the addressee
Don’t let judgmental people
or your own inhibitions
throw you off track
Make lots of noise
Kiss lots of boys
or kiss lots of girls if that’s what you like
but love yourself
because it’s better to be hated for 
who you are than loved for who you are not.