Saturday, January 17, 2015
Ross LewAllen: The Wolf and the Typewriter
This is a story of friendship. And of mutual love and reciprocity.
My friend Ross once asked me, "How do you get rid of writing doubts?"
I asked, "Where did they come from?"
He thought about that for a while and then said, "From an elementary school teacher long ago, I was told that I was no good at writing." From that point on I stuck to drawings, painting, anything but writing. But you like my poems, so maybe I can write after all."
"You could always write, Ross. But maybe you were carrying that grammar school teacher around on your shoulder."
"I think I'll carry a wolf on my shoulder from now on. Thanks, Bro."
A few days later I gave Ross the portable typewriter you see in his painting.
A few days after this, he gave me the pen you see in our photograph.
Ross is a love beyond measure, beyond friendship, beyond everything but the breath we breathe.