“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” Gandhi
Vinay, whom I fondly call Leo, because that is how he introduced himself to me when I met him online for the first time, asked if I would honor him in writing his 500th Post. He asked me to do it early, and being old and full of years, he is right, anything might happen so it’s better to do it while I am still living in the presence.
No, I have never met Leo personally, and even looking at his image, I could not tell you who he is or was. However, looking at the images of his writing as he interacts with us all, certainly shows me great possibilities as it relates to his future in interacting with the masses.
Leo has his followers and his critics. I remember someone dubbing him as “Sir Piss-A-Lot”. I am not sure if it was meant as an insult, but it made me smile. In my understanding, ones that “piss-a-lot” most certainly keep the body clean, which allow the mind to flow. So if it was meant as an insult, I dare say to this young man, take it as the highest of compliment.
Leo has been one of my most avid online supporters, and it is very appropriate that on the day I set pen to paper to write his 500th post, it marks his first year at Acrostic Only; March 19th 2010. Upon my word, Sir Leo, the honor of writing this post is mines indeed.
Leo has the raw ability of paying attention and listening. He is arrogant to a fault, but he does not allow this arrogance to interfere in his interaction with others. He uses it in a most profound manner; it enhances his abilities to absorb, or some may say assimilate others experiences; which he use to put old experiences in young writing. A simple way to say this is one has two ways of learning; by doing or by observation. Living as long as I have, believe me, you would be much happier if you learn from observation, save you a lot of pain and disappointments. In this respect, he is a mentor to many of the young ones who desire so much to be poets … even if not famous ones.
To me, he is both a friend, and a writing colleague. His writing is growing at a very good pace, and what he lacks in depth he will get from experiences, no matter where it comes from. I am so very proud of him.
To his followers, I will say this, especially to the young women … Leo tries hard, unlike most men in his country or mines; to understand both side of the gender spectra. At times he attempts to write from a female perspective, and that is not a bad thing. When a human being, looks past self and think of what other feels – well that is a person, in my opinion, that cares about others. Caring is the cornerstone to love. Without care, there can be no love. When one sees the possibilities and the evolution of a man-child, in this day and time, it should be embraced, and thus we are all become obligated to see that this young man lives out his greatness, which will help us all in bridging the gap between; mother and son, daughter and father — so that we all may live in peace and freedom.
To his critics I would say this, and that is, look to those that follow him; maybe you could learn a little about communication from him. He may be arrogant, but all great people are; look to your history. Have you ever read about a rich or great person who was not arrogant? One can not succeed in anything unless they believe that they can do it. In many cases, it takes a little arrogance to get ahead. Try and recognize his desire to understand and be understood and embrace it; after all is this not what we all desire.
To Leo, I say with all due respect to a beloved one; find your own place in history, build upon it from the past, but always keep the presence in mind, for it is all that you will have. The past is learning what didn’t work, the future is a place you put your hopes for overcoming the darkness of your past; but the present, which is all that exist, it’s where “we all” live — it is our playground, and I am happy you are not a bully.
I met you in the present of my life and you bring me such joy and hope from across the sea. One day I hope to see your words save many young girl-babies from death before they live. I also hope to see them inspire young men by teaching them that there is no higher greatness then to care about women as much as they do themselves. For without women, there would be no men, and vice-versa.
My beloved friend; I shall forever encourage you to be become the epitome of who and what “Sir Piss-A-Lot” represents to this old one, who is the queen of “pisses a lot”. To me, the honorable “Sir or Madam Piss-A-Lot” is a voice that will not be stifled. Therefore you are in very good company, as Gandhi, and many other great women and men around the world are and is; “Kings and Queens Piss-A-Lots!
Allow your voice to penetrate the negativity; and let your light shine in such a positive way that all “will” see the goodness of the heart of a Lion, roaring, not to destroy but to protect; not to enslave, but to set free!
Leo, you have indeed honored me. Thank you!