Freitag, 30. Juli 2010

Around the world

He is one of those people you could listen to for hours. Whatever place in the world you ask him about, he knows. Faraway islands, gigantic cities, mountains, oceans, caves. The world really is his shell. He knows what you can see there, talks about the sensations and experiences, has tiny anecdotes ready for your personal amusement. Is it history you are interested in? Geography? Economy? He knows it all.

A day at the café with him is like traveling around the world in one afternoon. He will talk about the white beaches of Thailand or the Aurora Borealis, as you may only see it in Greenland during the winter months. While enchanting you with his knowledge, he will drink cup after cup of Oriental coffee, with lots of sugar and a dollop of real cream. I have seen strangers stop and sit down at his table, buying him cup after cup of his favorite beverage, eagerly waiting for his next story.

He loves telling his stories. And when the skies turn dark, he will turn around his wheelchair and carefully navigate back home. This is all he has. He has been this way since birth. He has never left this part of town. Hard to believe he only ever leaves his flat for coffee.

Kommentare:

mazzz in Leeds hat gesagt…

Awwww :-(
I hope this means he genuinely visits those places in his mind

jackyfowler hat gesagt…

A really powerful piece. It encapsulates all you need to know about the character and packs an emotional punch at the end.

slommler hat gesagt…

Wow! The ending was a poignant surprise! Loved it!
Hugs
SueAnn

T. Anne hat gesagt…

Sounds like a well rounded reader.

shannon hat gesagt…

Seems like he made the best of his situation! They say our minds can't tell the difference between a real experience and an imagined one, isn't that strange?

Eric J. Krause hat gesagt…

Very nice story! As Shannon said, he certainly is making the best of his situation. He might not be leaving town, but he's meeting a lot of interesting people.

Sulci Collective hat gesagt…

Excellent lyrical tale. I really enjoyed the universal sage archetype you created here.

marc Nash

Laura Eno hat gesagt…

Like marc said, he seems to be a universal sage. Lovely story.

AidanF hat gesagt…

Jeder braucht ein guter Geschichtenerzähler. Bitte entschuldigen Sie meine schlechte Deutsch, ist es aus der Praxis. Ich mochte die Geschichte.

Bukowski's Basement hat gesagt…

AWESOME juxtaposition here... Loved it. Sounds like a great guy. Nicely done.

Diandra hat gesagt…

Thank you all for your lovely comments!

@AidanF Don't worry, your German is fine. (^v^)

Tomara Armstrong hat gesagt…
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Tomara Armstrong hat gesagt…

A true storyteller... makes you believe anything. I got goosebumps in the end.

~2

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