DRINKING ALCOHOL TAUGHT ME HOW TO FLY
THEN IT TOOK AWAY THE SKY

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

WEDNESDAY SOMETHING....


THE CAMERA SHOOK


CHANCE MEETING?
 
This day I met an old man sitting on a huge rock
Higher up than the lower mountains.
With clouds below us so beautifully formed,
I asked him if he might take my photo.
He agreed, and I held out my camera.
So I was thinking
...better not do this.

As he was ready to focus,
His arms from all up to his shoulders
Began to shake in a near-violent manner.
I reached for my camera,
But the look on his face
Told me to continue.
Allow him to snap a picture.

He did.

He smiled.

I smiled.

We both looked into other's eyes
A few tears fell upon high land.
We each then smiled, shook hands,
Whispered our "goodbye".
He was happy, and so was I.

And tonight I ask myself
"Have you been friendly today...
to  anyone who needed a friend?"
And I wonder about the man.
He was so far from any sign of human life,
On top a very high mountain.
The air in its thinness was sweet-smelling.
Like jasmine.
I had rested long enough.

 I am sorry
I climbed so high
...Or AM I ?

--steveroni

17 comments:

willow said...

Ah. I smell the sweet smell of jasmine in here! Hey, where have you been? I've missed you!

Brian Miller said...

have you been a friend to someone that needed one...a great question to ask...and to live...nice pic too...very cool!

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Love the pic. Love the Post!

Sylvia K said...

Terrific picture and, yes, a great question to ask and to live...
Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Gabriella Moonlight said...

I love this, it's important to always be friendly to those we may not but may get to know...

Thank you and beautiful post and reminder!

Syd said...

This is a touching post. I hope to be that friend today.

Ces said...

Ooooh! I love this Steveroni. I can see you in this poem. I love the last stanza. How have you been? I have been working and drawing. Take care.

Manon Doyle said...

Oooh!! I love this poem, Steveroni. When you need a friend you know who to email....: )
That pic is amazing....btw.
Hey.... thank for all your wonderful comments. Each one makes me smile....BIG!!

Andrew said...

Sometimes it's just a shook up world I see. If I'm shaking so is the world around me.

Perception is like that I feel.

Good to read you again my friend.

Metta thoughts to you and Anna.

Sarah said...

Just great! I love it.
~Sarah

Shadow said...

you made me stop and think... and aware, that yes, maybe it's time to slow down a bit, and see and feel a little more as i hurry through this day...

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

WOW

Dulce said...

Amazing words, moment and experience.... and picture.
:)

Smitty said...

Love the pic, the journey and the question!

Kim A. said...

When I go to the mountains in NC, I always see the old man peering from Grandfather Mountain. He is as old as the seasons and as solid as his gaze. I know how it feels.

♥namaste♥

linda said...

this made me weep, steve...very beautiful and deeply meaningful. thank you for sharing.

Kristen Haskell said...

Steveroni -

I read your words and I am so touched by them. Extending a loving hand to a stranger and caring about someone is just beautiful. I consider your writing/story about "an act of world peace."

Also, I noticed how long you have been sober. That is so inspirational. Whenever I read or hear something like that, I get goosebumps because I can just imagine how hard it is and your level of discipline and determination. I lived with an alcoholic for eight years and it was truly heartbreaking. You have my highest respect.

I wanted to mention that, if I did not in an earlier comment, I plan to keep Framescape going until it ends and it is a very long way away from doing that. I would be honored if you follow and give me feedback. I hope you will consider that.

Warmest wishes,
Kristen