The first time I stepped up to the mic. I caught my first case of stage freight. I didn't have shaky knees or nothing like that, I was just nervous like i was in the world series, down by 1, ninth inning, two outs, full count....and I'm up to bat! It's the feeling like, I gotta win this game for us (for me). And then I step forward to conquer my feat. I open my mouth... something comes out, but I can't hear a **** thing. I see heads nodding in agreement, but again, I can't hear a **** thing. The moment took over itself. I no longer had control of myself. I came to the end of my notes in my notepad. Didn't understand the the power that I had. I got a round of applause full of love, I then could hear myself say thank you with the lights shining bright from above. That strange night on stage at Illinois State University, That's the first night, to others that I became Royal_T. I just wanted to be free. And that's the day poetry became a part of me.