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Old 08-07-2005, 06:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I tried not to look...

I tried not to look, that day. I was driving down the road, lost in my troubles, when I saw a man on the side of the road. Iím too busy to stop and help. The light turned red, and I had to stop. A light drizzle started, and his sign started getting wet. This didnít seem to phase him, though, he held onto it like it was his most precious possession. Donít read it, itís probably a lie anyway. I wasnít supposed to be looking, but I found that I couldnít help myself. His sign, it had the same effect as an accident on the freeway. I didnít want to look. No, thatís not right, I didnít want him to SEE me looking. Inevitably, though, I read the sign.

It didnít say what I had expected. Some part of me expected a request for handouts, or a ďdestination or bustĒ. It might even be a doomsday prophecy, I had thought. But it held none of these things. Rather, it was a sign of hope that I beheld that day. ďWill write verse for free.Ē

For free? This man wasnít asking for work, or money, or a ride? All he was asking, it seemed, was to be heard. I unlocked my door, and rolled down the window. Motioning him over, I offered him a dry place to sit. He got into my car, and thanked me for my kindness. Of course, I asked him about his sign.

Everyone can be a poet, he said. That part is easy. Life creates poetry in every moment. The hard part is noticing, and slowing down long enough to hear it. Be the audience.

And with that, he spoke words that drilled into my heart, and into my life. Words of such power and beauty, that they brought tears to my eyes. Too soon, the moment was over, and he got out of the car. I drove onto my destination a new man, glad I had looked that day.
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Old 08-07-2005, 07:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Really poignant story, mojodragon - and yet so true...
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