The Guitar Player

He stood coatless in the cold rain, an open guitar case at his feet. It held a scattering of coins and one lonely, crumpled bill. He was a slim young man, in his twenties perhaps, lost in the music he played. The sounds he coaxed from the strings brightened the otherwise dreary day.As I waited for my bus, I watched him. He seemed not to notice his surroundings, or the chill wind that blew the rain across him. There was a faraway look in his eyes as he played song after song, moving his body to the music.I don’t believe he was on that rain washed corner, but on a stage somewhere. Playing for an audience of thousands, instead of the hurrying pedestrians that swept past him, bundled into their heavy coats, umbrellas lowered over their faces. All of them in too much of a rush to take the time to stop and listen; to enjoy the talent of this young man.Something about him drew me closer, and I decided to add another dollar to his almost empty case. As I was reaching into my pocket, my bus pulled up, breaking the spell and I turned into just another hurrying pedestrian.I wish I had taken the extra minute to show him my appreciation. To thank him for sharing his music, his dream. For taking me with him to that theater and making my usually boring wait so pleasant.It would have been such a small gesture and taken so little of my time.Why didn’t I?

The Guitar Player

Cathy O. Lewis

Pawtucket, United States

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This is an actual event that happened while I was waiting for the bus one wet, windy day. When I got on the bus I immediately regretted not following through on my desire to add to his case. All I could do was take out a notebook and write this as a sort of tribute to this very talented young man.

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copyright 2009 Cathy O Lewis

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