Unexpected DELIGHT at Tennessee Brewery Untapped

So I went to Tennessee Brewery Untapped this week, excited a group of citizens made the effort to breathe life into an abandoned building, even if it’s just for six weeks.

I stumbled upon this young man, sitting in a corner, typing on an old school typewriter.

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Hmmm.

“Personalized poems,” that’s new.

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Waiting in line, I heard a young girl tell the poet she likes candy, gymnastics, talking a lot and reading.

He sat there typing for about three minutes.

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He then pulled the page out of his typewriter and read the most precious poem to this little girl.

She ran off SO EXCITED, feeling so special.

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The line started forming, people waiting to find out how this poet would portray their life stories.

It almost turned into a series of counseling session, as people revealed their deepest thoughts.

He listened, typed, never using White Out or tossing a page because he never makes mistakes.

#Uncanny!

People donate however much money they want for the poems.

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Finally, it was my turn.

He asked me to tell him about myself.

I told him I am happier than I’ve ever been, I have spent most of my life putting work first and I am finally finding balance.

I told him Memphis is the place where I truly found myself – that I love to travel and meet new people – that my profession as a journalists allows me that luxury and I am a free spirit.

 

On the spot, he wrote me this poem in about three minutes:

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Adam Maldonado is a Memphis native whose mission is literacy.

I’m grateful to be poem #one.thousand.fortytwo.

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