Today it has been dull, it rained, the wind has blown in gusts, and the sun has shone and is shining still. I didn’t really know if the installation was a good idea or not, especially since the papers won’t last if they get wet. But I went out anyway when the rain broke and the sun came out and it was invigorating.
And this moment signifies the turning point, from creative idea to purpose. Because as I continued to walk and hang up little slips of paper with little bits of poetry on them, suddenly these boys rode up to me.
They seemed friendly enough, so I said;
Hi, I’m just hanging up some poetry.
Oh yes, we know, they said, we’ve found about five of them already.
Oh, I said. I’ve hung about 20 of them around here.
Well then we are going to go find some more, said the older one, no more than 10 or 12.
I was flabbergasted and amazed as I imagined these young boys finding (and reading!!!) poetry at their age! What do I know, but I certainly didn’t think they’d be interested. I was completely enthralled by them, but didn’t want to get all sugary and scare them so I asked if I could take their photo and they agreed.
On I went, heading home, a couple more poems in my hands. By the time I reached the end of the road, suddenly they were beside me again on their bikes. I jumped.
Sorry, he said, I didn’t mean to scare you.
That’s OK, I said.
And then he said;
Thanks for the wonderful adventure!
WOW!!!! And I may have sounded a just a tiny bit gushy when I said (with what I imagine was a huge Cheshire cat smile on my face);
It was really nice to meet you guys today, and you really made my day, and thank you for looking for my poems.
Truth is I felt like crying, like singing, and I think I may have floated back up the road to the house with his words playing over and over again in my mind. Wow, finding my poetry was an adventure.!?! I never would have thought that. Thank you, boys, thank you so so much! What kind of parents raise these kind of boys? What a joy! What a refreshing connection!
Here are some photos of some of the other poems still out there…but you’ll have to hurry if you’d like to have an adventure too, because the wind is picking up again.
This poet’s heart feels particularly fond of boys today.
3 thoughts on “Unexpected feedback”
We found your poem today as we walked to the mail box, both exhausted from a long day of work. It was so wonderful to read and discuss on our walk back and then I looked you up and read the story from the adventure today to my spouse. I am a nurse and he is a surgeon. In these times it was so nice to find a piece of art and a slice of hope and positivity to end our day with. You’re gift is immeasurable. Thank you ❤
Dear Sam, my heart still leaps when my words touch another life. Thank you for letting me know your experience. To be honest I’ve struggled a bit with not being a front line helper like you and your husband are, not knowing what I can do. But this, your response, is proof that my art can make an impact even in these trying times. Blessings to you both for giving and giving. Lesley-Anne