Finding peace through poetry
By Idelle Kerzner Post-Tribune correspondent December 9, 2013 1:52PM
Ebony Nicholson recites a poem at a recent Poetry Slam at Indiana University Northwest. | Idelle Kerzner/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 11, 2014 6:08AM
Ebony Nicholson of Portage is 22, but her life experiences and insight appear to give her a much older aura than her age.
This became evident to all who attended Indiana University Northwest’s recent Poetry Slam.
“Walk my shoes, walk my shoes, down the path you see. They will take you on a different journey. They will have you lay down hearing sounds of trouble coming from the room next door,” Nicholson recited.
A student at Gary Middle College, Nicholson is a member of the Poetry Club under the guidance of teacher Nora Glenn.
Through the writing of poetry, Nicholson has found a valuable “friend” that provides her a peaceful haven.
“I write poetry to escape my reality,” explained Nicholson. “I use writing to take all the bad things people have to say about me and put it on paper. It heals all my unhealed problems. I believe in my words and my heart starts to feel better.”
She hopes her literary creations will help others who are in need of understanding and validation.
“I hope my poetry will hit someone who has been through my same story or close to it and see that they do not have to hide anymore,” Nicholson said.
Nicholson’s poem, “Walk My Shoes,” won third place at the Poetry Slam.
Glenn, who serves as the lead English teacher at GMC, said she was proud of the participants.
“But the thing that is most important is that they got up at a university campus and read their work with pride,” she said. “For some, it is the first time they shared their work in this fashion.”
Gary Middle College offers adults the opportunity to complete their high school education. For more information contact Tpivarnik@geoacademies.org.