Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho is a 77-year-old Brazilian poet and philosopher. Raimundo became homeless in the late 70s. He spent the next 35 years writing poems and stories on the streets, but his beautiful work remained unknown.
Raimundo sat in the same spot, writing, every single day. To the locals who walked by, he was just a dirty, unkempt, unworthy old man.
But he never stopped writing, and he never stopped dreaming of the day his work would be published.
In 2011, a young woman named Shalla Monteiro befriended the old homeless man. She’d stop to talk with him on a daily basis, and Raimundo gave her one of his poems.
Shalla was blown away by his poetry — so much so that she created a Facebook Page to feature Raimundo’s poems and stories.
As soon as Raimundo’s work hit the internet, he was received with an outpouring of support. Locals sought him out, brought him gifts, and offered him words of praise. To date, his Facebook page has over 100,000 fans.
But out of Raimundo’s newfound notoriety emerged one very unexpected person: his long-lost brother. After connecting via Facebook, his brother asked Raimundo to live with him.
Raimundo not only cleaned himself up for the first time in 35 years, but he had a home and he was loved. He and Shalla remain best friends to this day.
Raimundo is now working on publishing his poetry.
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