An Accidental Discovery

A few weekends ago I was on the subway in New York City when a handsome young guy came into the train. He struck up a conversation with me and began to share a joke with me. I don’t usually strike up conversations with random strangers. I do find it easier to talk to strangers because, there is no judgment or assumptions as they don’t know me and there’s a fair amount of security in that.

I noticed his guitar case and inquired as to the type of music he played. He mentioned Ed Sheeran. I was happy because I had just read Ed Sheeran’s story and was able to talk animatedly about him.

African American man with guitar

I asked the young guitar player to strum a few bars for me. Through numbed fingers he began to strike chords that brought forth restful melodies. I then revealed to him that I write and perform poetry and asked him if he would play some music to accompany the recitation of one of my poems. Suddenly my mind went blank. I could not recall even one of my poems. I then turned instinctively to one of my favorite poems to perform, Maya Angelou’s Still I rise. I had to adjust my rhythms to match the cadences of the music drifting up from his guitar. On that cold winter morning the entire carriage warmed to the beauty of the spontaneous performance. What ensued was a thing of beauty. The guitar player and I made beautiful music together in what was an accidental discovery.

Is this the wave of the future? I may have accidentally discovered a way to merge my penchant for poetry writing and that of giving stage performances.

I would like to hear your thoughts on the matter? What do you think?


20 thoughts on “An Accidental Discovery

  1. This was so amazing. I got goosebumps reading this. I’m sure it was lovely to witness. I wish I could have been there.


  2. Wow sounds like a match made in heaven. You never know what the day is going to bring you as this just showed. I bet it sounded amazing. Definitely explore all possibilities when it comes to your talents.


  3. Wow, this is an incredible story! Who would have thought that two strangers on public transit would click over something as beautiful as the creative arts? As for your question, I think that this is a great way of pursuing what you love, perhaps by adding another creative force that you otherwise may not have considered. If something feels right in your heart, then I say to go for it!! ❤

    I wish you the best of luck in everything you decide to do. 🙂


  4. Sounds like it would be a great idea. Merge interests and make them work for you. I know people have done things similar to this before. I would be curious to hear how it turned out live.


  5. Such a lovely story; I also don’t usually talk to people on public transit, but it is wonderful when you meet someone who is so easy to talk to. I would have loved to have been there and witnessed the spontaneous music between the two of you.


  6. How awesome is this discovery and how lucky are the people who witnessed it all! I think it’s an amazing combination, music and poetry. Definitely one that I’ll enjoy listening to.


  7. What a beautiful experience this was! I think it’s awesome that you decided to take a chance and talk to this stranger. Turns out you can make beautiful art together!


  8. I think this meeting was meant to be, and yes, maybe a way of performing and merging arts that could be the future.


  9. Wow, this is like a scene out of a romantic movie only it’s real. Must have been an amazing experience. Wish it was captured on film, it would have been nice to see this spontaneous musical performance:)


  10. What an inspiring experience! I definitely think that it’s a creative episode that you should repeat as often as you can


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