In-Depth Night 7:00-9:00pm

Hello everyone!

Thank you for visiting my blog tonight.

This year I have worked with my amazing and talented mentor, Aaron Hunter, on slam poetry.

Below you will find two short one-minute poems (feel free to watch one or both of them).

If you have any questions (or comments) just ask (I don’t byte).

Hope you have a good night! And stay safe.


IMPORTANT: If I can have your attention please. My fellow peer, Max, has had his blog deleted earlier. He’s worked really hard, and it’s not listed under the TALONS blogs, so please give it a visit here: )


Poem No. 1


Poem No. 2

Thank you for watching!

And remember, if you have any questions please ask!

  66 comments for “In-Depth Night 7:00-9:00pm

  1. Oupa en Ouma Baird
    June 14, 2020 at 5:58 PM

    Baie dankie dat jy hierdie diep roerende twee gedigte ook met Oupa en Ouma van Suid Afrika gedeel het. Jou talent is absoluut verstommend en jy is briljant met jou voordrag. Jy is vir ons baie spesiaal.

    • Mel
      June 15, 2020 at 6:18 PM

      Ek is baie bly dat u dit geniet het!

  2. Simran
    May 26, 2020 at 5:15 AM

    Your poems are amazing and you did a great job delivering them as well! You’re so talented and your poems are very touching.

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 4:22 PM

      I’m really happy you liked them!
      And your art looks amazing btw!!!!

  3. Makenzie
    May 26, 2020 at 4:50 AM

    Wow, this is amazing! You’re an incredible speaker and an even better writer! Did you face any challenges such as writers block during this process? Great worK!

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 4:21 PM

      Yes, I did in fact experience a kind of “writer’s block” during the In-Depth process. For a couple of months (in quarintine) I had trouble putting anything on paper. But luckily it subsided before In-Depth Night, so I was able to write these poems on time, which was a huge relief!

  4. Myung Joon
    May 26, 2020 at 4:29 AM

    Damn, this is really good! I really like the emotion that you portrayed with your voice! Nice job!

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 4:22 PM

      thank you man!

  5. rochambers
    May 26, 2020 at 4:08 AM


    I was wondering how many times you re-write and change your poems to get them just the way you want them?

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 4:15 AM

      This is a really good question! In the beginning, I was naive enough to think I would get everything just the way I liked it the first time around. But that is far from the truth!

      I would say it takes me anywhere between 2-20 edits until I’m happy with my product. While I was recording these two poems, I even tweaked a few things here and there as I was saying them aloud.

  6. Michelle Bettauer
    May 26, 2020 at 4:08 AM

    Damn Mel, those poems sound awesome! I love the description, the syllable use, the metaphors, and the general tone/vibe of each piece of writing! Incredible In-Depth!

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 4:11 AM

      Thank you! your writing is amazing, so your compliment means a great deal!

  7. Deon
    May 26, 2020 at 3:58 AM

    Mel! I love your poems! Thank you for sharing your voice with us, literally and metaphorically. : )

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 4:01 AM

      aw. thank you for the response!

  8. Anonymous
    May 26, 2020 at 3:57 AM

    Awesome work Mel!!

    • David Salisbury-Rowswell
      May 26, 2020 at 3:58 AM

      This was Mr. S, haha

      • Mel
        May 26, 2020 at 3:59 AM

        thank you Mr. Sals!

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 3:59 AM


  9. Meagan
    May 26, 2020 at 3:42 AM

    I really loved the flow of your words. Both slam poems seemed quite personal. Was revealing a little bit of how and what you think an intimidating part of the creation? I hope you create more poetry in the future. Beautifully done.

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 3:57 AM

      The most intimidating part of writing a slam poem is starting. the moment you sit down and look at your blank piece of paper, and wonder how you should start.

      ending it can sometimes be equally difficult as you don’t always have the motivation or confidence to do so.

      but that’s just for me personally.

      thank you for the question!

  10. cindy quach
    May 26, 2020 at 3:35 AM

    Love the vocabulary of your face and your voice…you take your audience on a journey. Well done!

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 3:38 AM

      aw, thanks!

  11. Mike
    May 26, 2020 at 3:30 AM

    Great job! I really enjoyed the poems! You sounded very poetic πŸ˜€

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 3:32 AM

      lol. I’m glad my poetry sounds poetic (it was exactly what I was aiming for).

  12. Leah
    May 26, 2020 at 3:23 AM

    Hi Mel!
    I am amazed with your work, both of your pieces were beautiful and I hope you continue with poetry in your life. You have a beautiful flow when you speak. I would honestly love to hear you and Aaron perform a duet sometime, as you have very similar styles.

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 3:25 AM

      wow! thank you Leah!

      I would love to perform a duet with Aaron! and I will defintely continue with some form of writing in the future!

  13. Angela Plagemann
    May 26, 2020 at 3:21 AM

    Wow! Hope to see you on a stage some day! Do you think you’ll try performing?

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 3:22 AM

      One day I hope to, yes.

      Thank you for the encouragment!

  14. Grace
    May 26, 2020 at 3:09 AM

    I’m absolutely spellbound by your writing and your delivery Mel! This is so amazing! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 3:11 AM

      Thanks. Your small buisness is spectacular by the way! <3

  15. Devon
    May 26, 2020 at 3:08 AM

    You’re amazing! Seriously, this is awesome. Keep up the great work dude! πŸ™‚

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 3:09 AM

      thanks man!
      you too <3

  16. Jian Ross
    May 26, 2020 at 3:03 AM

    These are so beautiful mel! You have such a gift! As someone who writes songs a lot, would you ever try and turn your future poetry into songs?

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 3:07 AM

      hmmm, maybe

      I have written a couple of songs, but they are really rough, and I’m not particularly musically inclined.
      but maybe that is somehting that I can work on in the future.

  17. 125-khuang1
    May 26, 2020 at 3:01 AM

    Hi Mel!
    Wow – these are so touching! I’m Aaron’s friend, and I know how much she enjoys slam poetry. You two are both very talented and powerful with words. I hope you keep up with this passion.

    Have you ever performed at a slam jam? If not, would you want to in the future?

    Great job! I can hear the emotion in your voice when you speak.

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 3:04 AM

      Wow! thank you so much!

      Aaron speaks so highly of you, so what you just said means a lot to me!

      I have never competed, it was going to be one of my goals, but alas, covid-19.
      thank you again!

  18. Joanna
    May 26, 2020 at 2:53 AM


    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 2:59 AM

      THANK YOU!

      but I doubt I’m going to be the famous one between you and I

  19. Grace
    May 26, 2020 at 2:49 AM

    Wow! Your poems and performance were amazing. When you said, ‘… strains of expectations, inhumane limitations’, the flow really hit me.
    Throughout this project, what do you think you gained, personally, from this experience?
    Did you learn something new about slam poetry that shifted your perspective of it before you began this project?
    Amazing job on your In-Depth! Congratulations on making it to the end!

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 2:57 AM


      thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed comment!

      to answer your question(s), I think I gained a lot more awareness for self-expression, a skill I am now very grateful to have developed.

      As for my perspective, I wouldn’t say it changed all too much. I of course learned many new skills and lessons, but while you could say that my perspective on life has changed, slam poetry has stayed the same (in a good way).

      • Grace
        May 26, 2020 at 3:13 AM

        It’s awesome to hear that you’ve truly enjoyed your project! Make sure you take time to celebrate its completion :)))

  20. Peter
    May 26, 2020 at 2:48 AM

    Beautiful poems!

  21. Heather
    May 26, 2020 at 2:44 AM

    Very moving poems, very well delivered. Well done!

  22. Nathan
    May 26, 2020 at 2:42 AM

    MEL! Your poems are amazing. You make me have emotions that I thought I didn’t have! Please keep it up!

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 2:48 AM

      good emotions I hope

  23. Christal Z
    May 26, 2020 at 2:42 AM

    Well done! Poems are very difficult to do & you do an amazing job. What exactly is ‘slam’ poetry? Thanks for sharing.

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 2:47 AM

      slam poetry (is essentially) a form of spoken word poetry. It can be performed causually, or at a competition. My mentor just finished performing at one of the biggest slam poetry competitons in Canada.

  24. Anya
    May 26, 2020 at 2:40 AM

    I love the way you speak! I’m inspired! Good work, Mel <3

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 2:41 AM

      I’m glad you liked it!

  25. Anonymous
    May 26, 2020 at 2:27 AM

    Amazing peoms! They feel very deep and I love it πŸ™‚

  26. Brianna
    May 26, 2020 at 2:21 AM

    Your poems are so beautiful! You’re a talented writer and poet πŸ™‚

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 2:27 AM


  27. Colby
    May 26, 2020 at 2:21 AM

    Amazing great job!

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 2:26 AM

      thx Colby

  28. Natalie
    May 26, 2020 at 2:21 AM

    I love your poems. Very deep and powerful. πŸ™‚

  29. Natalie and Brandon
    May 26, 2020 at 2:20 AM

    Your poetry was lovely to read, and even more lovely to hear in spoken form. …It’s fascinating how poems can be interpreted differently depending upon if a poem is read or spoken. We hope you keep writing poetry! – Natalie and Brandon

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 2:25 AM

      wow! that means a lot!

      And I will try my very best to continue writing!

  30. Hendrik
    May 26, 2020 at 2:17 AM

    These poems are amazing Mel

  31. Mulder ten Kate
    May 26, 2020 at 2:13 AM

    Mel, thanks for sharing something that is so personal to you. What did you enjoy most about this project? Why?

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 2:17 AM

      Thank you for the question Ms. Mulder!
      I think the most enjoyable part of my In-Depth was being able to do something that I love. In-Depth means a lot to all the TALONS students and I think this is why.

      I also gained a little more confidence in myself through the process, which is a big bonus!

  32. snishimura
    May 26, 2020 at 2:12 AM

    Mel, I loved your poems. They were so powerful. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  33. rnishimura
    May 26, 2020 at 2:09 AM

    Fantastic job Mel. Poetry is very difficult to do.

  34. Emma
    May 26, 2020 at 1:58 AM

    Wow! Your poems are incredible!

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 1:59 AM


  35. Avery
    May 26, 2020 at 1:29 AM

    Your poems are so good Mel!

    • Mel
      May 26, 2020 at 1:44 AM

      Aww. Thank You!

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