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Friday, April 15, 2005

Beauty in Disguise

If you saw a man without arms and legs, how would you react?

Poor man, you might think. And you would surely feel sadness. Pity. Perhaps relief. You might even utter a brief prayer of thanks that you still have all of your body parts.

But this man – he is not a creature to pity.

His music is joyous, uplifting. Draws the ear and then the eye. It is only when you look closely that you notice he has neither feet nor hands, neither elbows nor knees.

And yet he plays on and plays well, an almost angelic smile lingering upon his lips, eyes twinkling when he catches sight of a curious passer-by. His spirit is a thing of beauty.

The first time I saw him I stood transfixed, watching as his arms danced on the keys. I was overcome by emotion. For this man may have lost his limbs, but he is more delightful than countless other healthy beings in this often cheerless world. And now his presence is the source of life on a busy downtown intersection.

May we strive to be as beautiful as this “poor” soul clearly is.


  • At 4/15/2005 10:11:00 p.m., Anonymous Deena said…

    Hi Saf,
    This might be a weird question, but how does he get there? If he has no arms and legs, I mean. Do you know?

  • At 4/15/2005 11:04:00 p.m., Blogger Safiyyah said…

    No, that's a good question. He can walk, but awkwardly. There's a man who takes him home when he's ready to go. I don't know whether the man is a relative or a medical aide.

    He usually comes by in the summertime and plays for a few hours, and he just transforms the street corner with his music. It's incredible.

  • At 4/15/2005 11:22:00 p.m., Blogger Desiree said…

    This man does show that what we can do is more limited by our thinking than our bodies. Way to go... to him.

  • At 4/17/2005 09:35:00 p.m., Blogger ephphatha said…

    It's too bad you can't make us a sound clip to download.

  • At 4/18/2005 01:06:00 a.m., Blogger Fej said…

    Wow, it's amazing what some people can accomplish despite the hand that's been dealt. If only we all worked that hard.


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