I was on stage, or at least, in front of an audience, for the first time in a while, last week.
At least, I performed my poetry in front of an audience - not on an actual, raised stage, but with a microphone, and since it was a hipster venue, a table with swings for seats behind me, which doubled as a poet’s high chair.
Running errands in most government buildings is a nightmare. Not only is the service poor, but most of these state-owned buildings are badly maintained, dark, and dirty. It is no wonder many of the people working in such a negative climate are uncommitted, rude, or uncaring.