Jeremy Lockett says House of Abundance Poetry ‘means freedom to me’

Jeremy Lockett says House of Abundance Poetry ‘means freedom to me’

House of Abundance Poetry’s four-year anniversary event fell in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In absence of the physical gathering of this mighty community, ALL ARTS partnered with House of Abundance Poetry (HOA) and introduced an ongoing series with a single-word prompt for each writer: quarantine.

This week’s entry comes from Jeremy Lockett, a new member of the House of Abundance Poetry family.

“I think it’s fine to say I’m just a person out here during these times trying to hold on,” Lockett told ALL ARTS. “I’m content and healthy. Love my job. Kinda want to adopt a cat. I think life’s a journey and that we’re our own gods.”

He continued: “It puts a smile on my face to say I’m a newbie to HOA. Went to my first HOA open mic this past January. I felt lucky to listen to other storytellers and take in the space that was created. HOA means freedom to me — to let in, and let out like a breath.”

Here is his quarantine poem submission.

My grandma said to me
This will be a birthday to remember,
For her gods brought love, the strong mantra,
And practiced tending to the garden on this day too,

I told her I’ve seen the fruit hanging in my dreams,
but she said to me to keep calling for her prayer will fill my bones these nights.

P$ – 4/24

Find a full schedule of poems, to be released weekly in partnership with House of Abundance, here. For more information, future events, and general updates from the community, follow House of Abundance on Instagram at @abundancehouseof.