Sunday, November 6, 2011

160 - & his face became butterflies dancing



In maroon jacket & WWII helmet
he slumps a seat in the library's YA section
though he isn't & with

grunts & whistles

convinces me
to read him
Shel Silverstein

What can you say in 160 characters? Go tell Monkey.


Met this man at the library. He was on the autism spectrum and when he saw what I was reading got so excited I decided to do an impromptu reading for him. We both had a little fun.

72 comments:

izzy said...

Yay ! read aloud! love it- thanks.

Fred said...

That was nice of you. Definitely made both of your days I'm sure. Nice piece. Now I have to go find that old Shel book I have in the upstairs bookshelf and pull it out. Haven't read him in a long time. Great piece Brian, Happy Sunday

oceangirl said...

You are amazing.

Heaven said...

I can picture him so excited to read with you ~

Happy sunday ~

Pat Hatt said...

Dancing butterflies wow you really must be able to read well..haha
So nice of you to give the book a yell
Or a whisper since you had to keep it down
Didn't want any shhhh's echoing across town

LadyCat said...

The title is awesome! And I love Shel Siverstein : )

Valerie said...

I don't know Shel Silverstein ... should I?

somewhereamelody said...

A beautiful story beautifully told :)

Bonnie said...

You're a good man 'Charlie Brown'!

Tabor said...

Amazing what happens when you are out and about!

gayle said...

Wow!You are a Great Guy!

Magpie said...

Your title says it all! Wonderful.

Fragrant Liar said...

Ssshhhhh! It's the LIBRARY!

Anyes said...

I just saw The Horse Boy a movie/documentary about a little boy with autism...Very interesting.

Anyes said...

I just saw The Horse Boy a movie/documentary about a little boy with autism...Very interesting.

Daniel said...

You are a good man. Great story and worthy post for a Sunday!

Alice Audrey said...

That was so cool of you.

Claudia said...

smiles..this made me check out shel silverstein and read some of his poems...just read "messy room"..reminded me of my son's room..ha...may read it to him later...sounds like you had some fun indeed and lovely that you read for him

Zuzana said...

I always enjoy the recollections of your brief encounters. They make life special.;)
Sorry for my absence again, I am in the process of packing all my stuff and have been preoccupied.;) Hope you had a great weekend.;)
xoxo

Angelina said...

The imagery your title brings forth is dazzling, this combined with Shel and an eager listener is just sweetness squared.

Thanks for dropping by to visit me. :)

mairmusic said...

V.cool-- verse and actions, my friend!

Orang3 said...

very cool design

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

Hi! Brian...
Nice 160 words this Sunday morning...as you relate another good deed...Of so many good deeds that you have performed for others in your life.
Thanks, for sharing!
deedee ;-D

annell said...

Yes it is! Butterflies dancing!

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Pac Man vs. Dorito chip?

Birdie said...

smiling ... really nice of you Brian! happy day!

Monkey Man said...

The Giving Tree was my fav to read to the kids. Thanks for playing along with the Sunday 160.

ayala said...

You are great :)

ipenka said...

I liked how neither were YA! Very clever there.

hedgewitch said...

You def belong in the YA section my friend--incurably young you are. Anyone who can feel old listening to Shel Silverstein is halfway to being buried.

Betsy said...

awww..this made me cry. Thanks for doing that. xo

The Cello Strings said...

A cute 160,
Thanks for showing us another quality of your writing and characters!

Eva Gallant said...

What a nice thing to do. You deserve hugs!

liv2write2day said...

That is so cool of you, Brian. And I love how you record that moment of grace, I would say.

rosaria said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! The drawing is so Shell...

Hilary said...

That's so sweet, Brian. I can just imagine it all. Thanks for being such a caring soul.

Mama Zen said...

That's wonderful, Brian!

happygirl said...

You have a generous spirit in you.

California Girl said...

awesome Brian!

Mary said...

A wonderful post, Brian. Not everyone would have done what you did! This will be a story to tell and retell to your children.

manicddaily said...

Good for you. Great title. K.

kaykuala said...

This is great Brian! Such afflictions can often hide great talents. He may well turn out to be the next Picasso. They have a way with abstracts.

Hank

blueviolet said...

No matter what age, Shel Silverstein is a win. So glad you obliged him!

Barbara Shallue said...

Awesome! I can just imagine it. Thanks for the heart-warming!

me said...

"slumps a seat" is my favorite line :)

Tara Miller said...

I'm sure sharing that moment warmed your heart as much as it did his. You have such a special way of being able to reach out to others and touch their life in a special way. Proud of you, love!

Heather said...

and who couldn't have fun reading SS - I grew up reading him....LOVE it! I like this story...

ladyfi said...

How very lovely!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I bet you made that guy's day!
:-)

Sheila Moore said...

awesome - love Shel Silverstein - my first exposure to poetry I believe, way back as a kid. the image - reminds me of an antidepressant commercial (I think for cymbalta)

She Writes said...

Oh my gosh. That is so sweet. Of both of you ;)!

KB said...

Very cool.

Dave King said...

Well, you can say more than I could, I think. Top write!

SueAnn said...

That you noticed him and his need is wonderful! Good for you and great for him!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Lolamouse said...

I love your title! Perfect. This was so wonderful of you to engage with this man. So many people would have back away in discomfort. This warms my heart.

C.M. Jackson said...

how cool are you!

Margaret said...

:) That is great! I'm sure others had fun listening in. (my kids love Silverstein ... more than I do, but we have fun with him)

The Silver Fox said...

Loves me some Shel Silverstein! Just quoted him myself recently, as you know.

TechnoBabe said...

Gift for you both.

Christine said...

Love Shel, my sons first love of reading!

Myrna R. said...

So sweet. So very sweet of you to take the time.

Sue said...

Cool.

Very cool.

=)

secret agent woman said...

Nice.

Caty said...

that's sweet, Brian...and what better fun than reading Shel :)

Morning said...

our mood changes on daily basis,
Tomorrow, hope to see you smile with another upbeat piece.

Smiles,
Truly love this one...

xo

Amy said...

Isn't it amazing what life gives you if you open your eyes? I mean, most people would look past this guy, but you recognized an opportunity and you both had fun. Brian, the world needs more folks like you. I loved seeing the panel from "The Missing Piece," too. Great. Amy
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adeeyoyo said...

I loved that you spent time with him, Brian! Sometimes when we give a little, we get a whole lot!

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Lucky for this man he ran into you!

Slamdunk said...

Smartly done Brian, and congrats to your POTW.

lori said...

I absolutely love that you did this. (And, I also apologize for slamming you with all my comments at once. I didn't realize how behind I was. Oops!)

william said...

fabulous. the imagery in this one was outstanding :)

Goofball said...

don't knoz silverstein, can you recommend him?