The Writer

On Tram 48, running from Balwyn North to Victoria Harbour Docklands, where all the footy bums come on-board, enroute to the stadium, there is one who has a large-screen cellphone in which she uses to write, from stop to stop. She touches upon the alphabets, without obvious hesitation, quickly, her thumbs tip-toeing across the keyboard, articulating a concentration, like fire. Her inspiration is inspiring. When you look again, you realise she is wearing thick, concave eye-glasses, that she holds the mobile device unusually close to her face, as blocks of prose stream along, continuous and effortless, before her. I hate to think what further damage this activity has on her sight, and find myself liking her even more, an admiration for her determination overwhelming the intrigue I had had at first. At the end of the ride, she switches off her work, takes out a white cane that she extends, before making her way out on to the platform, her left hand gripping the manuscript, firmly.

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  1. It was a beautiful and moving scene you portrayed, Vera. I understand and resonate with your admiration for her obvious dedication to the manuscript, as well as your concern for her eyesight. For her, I think the pure joy that comes out with writing has exceeded her concern for her eyesight.

    I have extremely poor eyesight, which makes the reading and writing a very tiresome experience at times. But how can I make a comprise between the two things, my passion for reading and writing and my concern for my eyesight. To me, living in a world without being given the chance to read and write is a torture.

    Thank you for sharing this brilliant piece with us. With love ❤️

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    1. Thank you, Isabelle. I completely agree with you. The pleasure that is derived from reading and writing is truly precious. Life would be limited without either. Like you, my eyesight is poor, so I try to avoid print that is too small. For the girl whom I encountered, I believe she has been visually-impaired for a long time, perhaps from birth, and using the cellphone as she does is perhaps her way of writing as best she can, wherever she is.
      Really appreciate your time in sharing your thoughts. Sending you lots of love ❤

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      1. Always lovely to have a chat with you, Vera. Lot of love ❤️❤️

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  2. This is wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Nico, always appreciate your response.

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  3. Hey Vera… 👋 eyes are so much more precious to a reading / writing person; and even after being so low on eyesight her passion is really inspiring… enjoyed the post…👍🤘👍

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    1. I totally agree. So happy you enjoyed it, Sundaram. I’ve missed your posts. Are you writing in private, and depriving us of your words?

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      1. Vera my friend… so nice of you to say that… I wish I could go back to the days when I used to get up at 4 in the morning and write, share, and connect with people like you. But then I took some decisions🤐… Trying to figure a way out of all that mess, and write again. I’m happy I’m still in contact with a genuine person like you. Maybe someday we could collaborate on something… but first I need to come out of this rut… and find time to write… always feel happy to connect…☺

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        1. I know exactly what you mean, Sundaram. Life sometimes demands decisions that are not aligned with what we really want to do. Where there are expectations upon us, a vocation like writing is often sacrificed; I believe many people, save for professional writers, feel bad about writing. I, too, have neglected my blog, of late. But, there is something in me that cannot let it go. I miss it, like one does a friend.

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        2. I miss it too, and visit it once in a while to check on the bloggers I like. It feels good when I see you’ve posted something… take care, and keep blogging…🙌👍👍:-)

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  4. Mmmmm. Gosh…brings so much to mind. There’s a movie in her story; in Your words. I wanted more! Really cool. Passion. Thank You!!! ❤️

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    1. I think you’re right: there could indeed be a movie in her story. Thanks again! ❤ ❤

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      1. Completely, always my pleasure! And man, I meant the whole thing….the observer as well. I hear visually and the way You write feeds it so that literally when I read Your poetry it’s like I’m already watching a film of whatever You’re talking about. Even the poems that are more elusive flood images into me. It’s such a pleasure reading You. But yeah….I saw everthing on the page as part of it. It’s so cool!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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