“Oh, I don’t like reading,” he said. “I really don’t read books at all, I don’t like them. I can’t just sit there and read like some people.”
I was undaunted. “That’s why poetry is perfect for you. Poems are short, without a long term commitment. Pick up the book, find a short poem, read, enjoy and you’re done.”
He looked at me like I was slightly crazy which would indeed be an accurate description.
“I only know one poem”, he said, “and I only know part of it.”
He cleared his throat.
“Roses are red, violets are blue…. and that’s all I know.”
I laughed and said, “This is the first poem I ever learned…
I never saw a purple cow
I never hope to be one
But I will tell you anyhow
I’d rather see one than be one.”
I smiled, feeling quite smug.
“Ok,” he said, “Tell me a poem and I will complete your transaction.”
“You want me to write a poem right here and now, in order to get my withdrawal?”
He nodded and I laughed.
Gauntless thrown I squinted my eyes and said, “How about haiku?”
He had no idea what I was talking about so I put my hand in the air, dramatically, so I could count out syllables.
“Give me my cash please
How much may I have today?
I used the seasonal final line in case this young gentlemen who told me he knew nothing about poetry might have instantly become a traditionalist.
“That was a poem?” he asked.
He gave me my cash.
I had a smile on my face for the rest of the day, a reward for being 100% my quirky self and not for a moment thinking I should act, think or behave at all differently.
This is being bold and at the same time, simply being.
Simple, rich perfection.
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This post is a part of the ongoing series for 31 Days challenge. I will be writing 31 blog stories about bold choices and using a bold voice...I am woefully behind, again. I'm still devoted, though, and still writing!
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The question is making sure to carve out the time and to document it all in a way you'll enjoy reading about bold choices in a most authentic, real-me voice.
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