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Radio Poet Xelin

Hear a different poet at 7:49 a.m. Monday - Thursday throughout the month of April, which is National Poetry Month. Today's poet is Xelin N. reading her poem, "I Am Legend." National Poetry Month was originally organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.

I Am Legend by Xelin N.

I am a skateboard queen.

I have no fear of pain.

It lives in my breath and skates all around my pumping heart.

Spinning through my mind riding out to the ramps of life.

I can see skateboards swirling around my vision.

Taste the sandpaper curling on my sweaty fingertips.

Feel the smooth ground coursing up my legs.

I can smell the wheels gliding down the ramps, reeking of burnt dirt.

Hear the cry of the boards as I glide down the hill.

I have no fear of pain.

I am a skateboard queen.

I am Xelin Nounou.

Kevin Vance created a program of folk music for KALW, A Patchwork Quilt, in October 1991. He grew up in Berkeley during the 1960s and '70s and spent his years learning in public schools, community colleges, bookstores, libraries, and non-commercial radio stations, as well as from the people around him. When he's not on the radio, then he's selling books, taking care of his family, listening to music, entering stuff into a computer, or taking a class.