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Our Town Poetry: ‘Life in Spokane’ by Bethany Montgomery

Spokane

Spoken

Eyes wide open

To infinite possibilities

Fueling my dreams

With the endless amounts of scenes

Whether I’m playing in the trees

Or running around in a jungle of concrete

Going on hikes at Bowl and Pitcher

To embrace the bigger picture

When looking at the river

The experience is as metaphorical

as when I look myself in the mirror

Sometimes I feel as though

I am a fish swimming against the current

Fighting oppression, discrimination, and preconceived judgments

Being told that Spokane is not a good place to start a poetry movement

But for me

Spokane has become a solution

See I choose to tap-in

Into the potential of Spokane

Many think Spo-can’t

But I believe Spo-can

There is opportunity in this community

And I have a chance to be a major influence

Yes

I am met with opposition

Which does not stop my progression

I am here to instill culture diversity and inclusion

Power 2 the Poetry

It is more than a movement

It is a way to prove that Spokane is different

That in Spokane you can be respected even if you have a difference of opinion

That in Spokane you won’t be discriminated against because of the color of you skin

That in Spokane it is OK to be openly lesbian

That in Spokane there is absolute equality and people don’t worry about Pedigree

That in Spokane I can unapologetically be me

That in Spokane everyone can be who they want to be

You see this Spokane is not a real thing

This Spokane is still a dream

But I do believe that dreams come true

So if you truly support what I say

then you must realize that you

are the key to Spokane’s breakthrough

We all deserve to live our best life

Power 2 the Poetry

Bethany Montgomery is co-founder of the Power 2 the Poetry movement in Spokane. She received her Masters in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University in 2017. In honor of National Poetry Month, The Spokesman-Review is publishing local reader poems. The American Life in Poetry column will return in May.