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Nick (The Boy with Half a Brain): A sonnet about a boy I met this week who was born with only half a brain.
Posted by Douglas, Oct 22, 2009. 7799 views. ID = 2911

Nick (The Boy with Half a Brain)

Posted by Douglas, Oct 22, 2009. 7799 views. ID = 2911
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Another Elizabethan Sonnet, and a true story. Nick was born with one hemisphere of his brain simply missing.
This post has been awarded 63 stars by 15 readers.

I met a boy with half a brain today,
A strange and cruel trick of Providence
To form a child in such a dreadful way
And thrust him on the world without defense.
His careful speech was slow and slurred,
His blond-haired head was often pitched askew,
His questing eyes were wide and inward turned,
And every sight and sound was strange and new.
'Twas he alone who greeted me with grace,
And held the door for me with great delight,
Then said goodbye with sad but fierce embrace,
With fondness waved 'till I was out of sight.
Thus I discovered this important fact:
Fate's trick was played on us, with brains intact.

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Oct 26, 2009
I don't know what to say, except that this is so true that no one can accept it.
   ~Posted by Boy, Oct 26, 2009

Oct 31, 2009
This good. I have no words...and words are the purpose of this site.
   ~Posted by Audrey_E_Marquis, Oct 31, 2009

lady di
Dec 8, 2009
This brought tears to my eye and a catch to my heartstrings. It is so true. You see, my older brother was born severely mentally retarded and later was diagnosed with a progressive muscle weakening disease. Bit by bit his body was taken from him and he never had the mental capability much beyond that of a six year old. Someone who didn't know him or wasn't around him enough to be able to understand his unique spoken language or to communicate with him, might easily assume what a "cruel trick" and meaningless existence. Not, Danny. That word or negative way of thinking didn't exist with him. He was truly the happiest, the wisest, the most gifted, and the most genuinely giving human being I have ever in my life met! His seemingly useless physical being enabled and empowered him to shower blessings upon so many lives. It was because of the unseen strength and greatness of his soul at work constantly within that beaten and diminished casing we call a human body with a brain.
   ~Posted by lady di, Dec 8, 2009

Feb 4, 2010
I like this, and I especially like the ending, because it really is true.
   ~Posted by Jessablue, Feb 4, 2010

Mar 1, 2010
You truly do have a gift for manuvering words into a melodious flow that decipt a powerful message. Way to go!
   ~Posted by gabemay, Mar 1, 2010

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