Spoken word performed at Caffeine House

Marcus Wardle performed "My Country is in Distress". (Taylor Cole/Snapper)

Taylor Cole

Arts & Culture Editor

Many college students have a lot of opinions and feelings about certain life experiences, current events, and differing ideologies. To get their thoughts out about these subjects, many write songs, stories or poems. Luckily for Millersville students, the English Club offers an opportunity for people to express and share their creativity with an audience. Hosted every second Friday of the month in Club D’Ville, the English Club offers a platform for students to perform their work, rehearsed or not– it’s called the Caffeine House. This opportunity is open to all majors and students of all academic years.
The night started off with a bit hesitation and nervousness from the performers. There was no set list of people who were presenting, so people could just walk up to the stage, one after the other. When no one volunteered to go first, Stephanie Little, president of the English Club, stepped up to the plate. She performed a poem she had written about a lost love and the difficulty of getting through it despite being in a new relationship.
Up next was Marcus Wardle who performed a poem he had wrote that day about the anger he felt regarding the recent election. Titled “My Country is in Distress”, Wardle discussed the unknown state of our country and the fear the LGBTQIA, African-Americans, Muslims, females, and so many other groups have regarding the new elected president, Donald Trump.
After Wardle’s performance, Laila El-Zayatie sprung up to the stage. Stating she hadn’t rehearsed anything, she still performed a poem about love because “she just has a lot of feelings”. Her work followed two girls who loved each other during the early years of high school but had to keep it a secret because of strict parents. Despite the heartache one girl put the other through, she still loved her. It was a heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and rehabilitation that follows a rough break-up.
El-Zayatie performed several other times throughout the night. She discussed her anger towards the presidential election as well, but more focused on third party voters. During this poem and speech, she outlined what might happen as the result of having Trump as the president of the United States. Another performance was on the phrase “Daddy Issues” and how it is offensive– No girl should have to feel lesser because of an incompetent man, said El-Zayatie.
The last performer was Aizhane Padgett. She had poems that were melodic and sounded more like songs and other that sounded like slam poetry. They referenced love and the struggles that come with it. In one poem, the lover left the relationship after finding love with someone else. Padgett also performed a poem detailing the difficulty those with depression and anxiety experience.
The English Club’s Caffeine House gives Millersville students the chance to showcase their work to an appreciative, excited audience who are more than ready to listen. All kinds of performances are welcome at the Caffeine House including spoken word, poetry, music and much more. Come out to the English Club’s next Caffeine House December 8 at 7p.m. in Club D’Ville to perform or listen to the creativity the students of Millersville University have to offer.