Fiction & Creative

The Presenter and the Friend

By Navrosedip Kundlas

Volume 1 Issue 8

June 8, 2021

The Presenter and the Friend

Image provided by Migration Navigator

I look out towards the crowd

Suck in my breath and turn around

1…2…3…4

Deep breath in and deep breath out


Introductions are made

The lights start to fade

Turn around and address the mass

As time slowly starts to pass


Clear my throat a couple times

Sweat drips as I read my lines

Mind starts to wonder

I forget to ponder


I look out towards the crowd

Suck in my breath and turn around

1…2…3…4

Deep breath in and deep breath out


Focus on the task

Emotions flood my face, unable to mask

At the end of the room

My friend smiles, allowing me to resume


Careful hand gestures

Taking careful measures

A smile blooms on my face

As I remember my case


I look out towards the crowd

Suck in my breath and turn around

1…2…3…4

Deep breath in and deep breath out


Traditions fly out my mouth

Cultures from the north, west, east, and south

I talk about them all

Big or small


The sun hits the class

Showering us all, making us look like glass

The shiniest of us all

Is my friend who leans agaisnt the wall


I look out towards the crowd

Suck in my breath and turn around

1…2…3…4

Deep breath in and deep breath out


But this time I hear applause

I smile knowing what I cause

I couldn’t do it without the friend

Who never takes credit for all she mends