Love and pain, beautiful and heartbreaking. Truth. These are dancing words.

Poet Neil Hilborn shared his emotional dance with the world. Now around the world people are nodding their heads with tears and cheers for his piece about living and loving with OCD. Neil Hilborn performed ‘OCD' in June during the individual finals at the 2013 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam.

I haven't been a fan of poetry, but this piece makes me want more.  I want to know what happened! I want to know if she comes back, if he finds someone better.  I laughed and nodded as I thought of those I know with OCD and sighed as I understood the frustration of having to wait as the one you love has to go back to the parking garage to the car parked at the top after you have gotten to the bottom to make sure it is locked.. again. Today I loved a little more and danced with words with this amazing man's song.

Hilborn explains that the poem was written in 2011. The tics in the performance are intentional, he says, “but they are also .. actual tics. Sometimes in performance they become real.”

If you want to see more of his work, Like him on Facebook like I did.

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