A man named Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho used to write beautiful poetry, for almost 35 years, lived in anonymity in Brazil. Just another faceless person of the thousands of people that make up Brazil’s homeless population. Every day, he used to gather whatever paper he could and grind his skills as a poet and philosopher. He sat in the same spot every day, his “island” as he called it, and every day people walked by without giving him a second thought. To the world, he was just one more dirty old homeless man occupying the streets.
He dreamt that maybe his words would be remembered one day, maybe they might be published, but he knew deep down that they would probably never be read by anyone at all. Then, one day, in the spring of 2011, something happened that changed his life forever, when he met a woman named Shalla Monteiro.
A young woman named Shalla Monteiro took notice of him and befriended the old man. She would stop by every day to chit chat with him, and one day Raimundo gave her one of his poems. She decided to make him a Facebook page so his poems and stories could be shared with others. What happened next is a miracle come true!