A cherished reader, talented writer, and dedicated teacher wrote a poem about me in response to my post, “Sidewalk Conversations,” which featured two poems about conversations I had with two homeless men, separated by time and geographical locations. I am so appreciative of reader, asumoftheparts, for this poem and for her ongoing thoughtful and thought-provoking comments. I am honored to post this special midweek share and I am doing so with permission from the poet. This poem, “She Walks in Beauty,” inspires me.She lives in a paradigm of beauty
Spoken and written word
scribbled on scraps, napkins and sticky notes
until they find their way to her world
blogs of moments captured
in memory and camera lens.
Her love of beauty extends
(or does it begin?)
with visual art
From her daughter, a working
artist in Oregon
to the beauty of canvasses from
street boys in Rwanda.
Her own talent knows no bounds
(this woman of privilege)
She lives in a world of beauty
that includes “Alex”—
endlessly searching his streets
to capture his life in drawings
worthy of gallery walls
(his proof of his existence?)
She does not turn away,
nor does she rivet him with the
obvious questions of how he
came to be here.
She simply shares a moment—
perhaps more meaningful for her
than for him.
A moment in which she sees through
the rucksack, the frayed sandals,
the smell of earth and stagnant air
To an artist
bound to this life
by misfortune or bad choice—
No matter—he finds beauty and expresses it
on his found canvases.
He is alive.
She finds yet another—
a reader like herself—
one brilliant in thought and expression
perhaps owning skills honed in school
or on the streets that are now his classroom.
She thinks, “Perhaps I should bring a book
rather than food”
Nurture the soul rather than the body?
Perhaps next time…but next time he will
be miles away, lost in another chapter
of his life’s adventure.
But there will be another
for this seeker of beauty. She will not turn away,
but grow richer
from the encounter.
I did my best to maintain the poet’s original formatting and spacing. The photo is my capture from Eugene, Oregon, taken when I visited my daughter last October.
Thank you for visiting and reading. I will return Saturday. Enjoy your week. 🌞
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