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It shouldn't take a brick!!
By ROCK-Salt! Art Proctor
Tuesday, May 09, 2006

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Another one of the many emails of general trivia and quips, I get from several regulars. I liked this one and rewrote it as a story. Art

It shouldn't, take a brick!!





 

A young man , was driving his newjag, XJ12,
a little faster than expedient
in a residential part of downtown.
The thrill of the power
 and the accomplishment of
getting His first
new exotic car,
was pushing his accelerater,
 without much help from his senses. 

 He watched for someone
 darting out from between,
one of the parked cars,
 and began to slow a little.
  He thought He saw something, but when He drove by the spot:
 he didn't see anythig, but , wait. What-- Blam!!
A chunk of the curb hit his
drivers door and stopped him cold. 


 What the hell, he roared,
 Who the fu-- did that?
He sped in reverse
to see a young black kid,
cowereing near a car. 


 He yelled at the urchin who dare
dent his new jag; for,  You see,
he just recently arrived at a
long time goal.
From the gutters of 183rd St,
to a sucessful stock broker. 
Indignation and pride were fueling
his rage
at the "used to be version"
of himself, in front of him. 



 Why did you throw that brick at me? look what you did to my new car.
  You'll pay one way or the other
you little---


The young boy, in tears
was pointing to a gap between
the next two cars and said: please, mister I'm sorry!

My brother fell off the curb
in his wheelchair.

I was scarit he would git hit,
and I couldn't lift him up by mys ownsef.  I didn't know what else to do.



 All the cars just kep on goin. So I picked up this piece of brick,
his wheelchair knocked loose,
 and threw it at you. 


 Please don't hurt me.
 I'm sorry, Help me,
 please!!

Well the man was devastated, and his selfish, arrogant behavior.
 convicted his heart,
 that he wouldn't really be a success
 of any kind, if he couldn't
Be:  Kind.



He helped the boy's brother,
and
 placed them safely
on the sidewalk. 
He gave them $20 dollars
and told them to take
dinner home for the family!!


He drove curteously and safely thru the neighborhoods,
knowing that this strange encounter
had benifitted his soul and heart;
and vowed never again
to have to wait for the brick,
to hit him,
before paying attention
to the needs
  of others. 
 
 
 


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Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 7/24/2006
It isn't so much he was hard-headed...as he was, hard-hearted!

A very good rewrite, Rock, and I like what Marguerite had to say!

Love&Prayers, Rho
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 5/9/2006
A wonderful story with a strong message, deeply touching,
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/9/2006
Thanks for sharing.....got this one from a friend too!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine 5/9/2006
Well - I don't know -If the rock hadn't hit his car - he might have encountered an angel to accompany him to everlasting life.

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