For 35 years, Raimundo Arrudo Sobrihno has been living on the streets. To keep himself sane, he tried to write poems and short stories to try and make him feel better even though nobody would ever read them.
Each and every day, Raimundo would write another poem or story. Like many authors and poets, Raimundo hoped that one day his words would be published and inspire others. But would anybody take a chance on a homeless author? Probably not.
The homeless poet dreamed of having people read his work
Raimundo is a 77-year-old man who’s lived on the Brazillian streets for far too long. Born in the countryside, Raimundo moved to São Paulo when he was 23 where he worked as a book dealer and gardener.
Raimundo became homeless during the military dictatorship that rattled the country in the late 70’s. 35 years Raimundo has lived on the streets! But he never wanted to lose his passion for poetry.
Locals had no idea why Raimundo would hold on so tightly to the scruffy pieces of paper he kept by him. They had no idea they were filled with poetry and passionate stories.
But this was all about to change, back in 2011, Raimundo’s life was eternally changed when he met a woman called Shalla.
Shalla couldn’t help her curiosity when she spotted Raimundo was sitting on the floor with a pen. Every time she went passed he was writing things on old pieces of paper.
One day, Raimundo gave one of his poems to Shalla. She was utterly startled by Raimundo’s incredible gift that she created a Facebook page to share his talent with the world.
But neither of them could have expected what this would lead to. When Raimundo’s poetry and stories went public, an unexpected person came forward.
When Raimundo’s writing hit the internet, he received a mountain of support. Looks tried to find him, they gave him gifts and supported his poetry and stories. Eventually, his Facebook page grew to over 100,000 new fans.
But there was one member of the Facebook page that was special to Raimundo. It was his missing brother. His brother contacted him immediately and invited him to move in with him at his house. They’d finally been reunited.
For the first time in 35 years, Raimundo had the chance to have a bath, shave his face and groom himself. Now, Raimundo has a home and he sleeps comfortably each and every night.
Shalla and Raimundo remain best friends and he can’t thank her enough for setting up the page which reunited him with his brother.
Make sure you watch this clip from The Conditioned, a documentary about Raimundo the homeless poet in the video below. Also, at Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section. 🐝