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Maggie AbelMaggie Abel is a videographer, ballroom dancer, Toastmaster, and Facebook citizen journalist in the Oklahoma City community.  She will read from her original poetry at the Second Sunday Poetry Reading in the Norman Depot, 200 South Jones, on April 15 beginning at 2:00 pm.

Abel is a member of the I-35 Poets group, and a harmonica-playing member of Tango Posse, a band playing frequently at Sauced on the Paseo.

Born in Memphis, the hometown of Elvis, Abel lived in Columbus, Ohio, for several decades where she facilitated the Writers Roundtable monthly critique group and published the Writers Grapevine newsletter for Ohio writers. She was a featured reader in the Poetry in the Park summer series held in the gazebo at Columbus's Whetstone Park of Roses.

Second Sunday Poetry is a free monthly presentation of The Performing Arts Studio featuring a different area poet each month.  Enjoy paintings by Sue Messerly in the gallery while attending Abel’s reading.

DESIRE

I can tell you about desire.
It starts out small, inconspicuous,
like a freight train being blown up
       like a balloon
larger and larger with the freight train noise
until it fills your heart
needing only a little fuel
to chug through your head
and your thinking fills with it
like a bathtub left unattended,
the chugging then spills over like water
running down your eyes
filling your arms and hands
and they swell out in front of you
like the hands of a person on a roller coaster
starting down

                                 MAGGIE ABEL