The Big Issue : Edition 507
THE BIG ISSUE 18 – 28 MARCH 2016 7 All contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work. For the latest Big Issue news visit thebigissue.org.au or find us on: • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue STREETSHEET DOWN AND OUT Depression is my fickle mistress; nagging at my edges, she irritates. And then there will be the silent treatment, but you just know a storm is brewing. And, yes, occasionally there’s the all-in fight, when she screams in my face: “You’re no good, worthless, wrong, indecisive, a fraud.” And my world implodes, sucked down a black hole to nowhere. A house, a good job, a marriage, friends and money were all sucked down that hole. Officially I have a chemical imbalance in my brain. Generalised Anxiety Disorder. “Generalised” doesn’t sound that bad does it? A bit like whooping cough sounds; like you just laughed a bit too much. But that shit will kill you. Whatever is wrong with me is an illness, and I fear it’s incurable. Perhaps this illness started when my parents divorced some 27 years ago. Perhaps it came from an experimental, sometimes shameful youth. Perhaps it came later, born from the guilt of cheating on my wife. Perhaps I was born to succumb to this. I Just Don’t Know. But I know of sweaty palms, frenzied thought and irrational actions. I know indecision, lack of motivation and sorrow all too well. I’ve had a certain amount of help from my prescribed drugs, but nothing beats positive human interaction for the lost, lamenting, lonely loser. Though I may never fully recover, I know what helps. A smile, a hello, a wave. Little gifts of confidence. My “Big Issues” shrink a little. I can breathe easily again. Mark W sells The Big Issue in Adelaide. SAY CHEESE Smile and have a really nice day... I just wanted to say a Big Issue thank you for all the smiles and hellos I get. I’d also like to say thank you for all the wonderful Christmas presents I received over the holidays. And remember, smile and have a nice day! Nathan C sells The Big Issue outside the 7/11 on the cnr of Adelaide and Creek sts, Brisbane. MY TRUE LOVE With all of my heart I love you my angel dear I always take you with me, even when you are not near For in my heart I carry you everywhere I go I carry you with me, your photograph and to strangers I do show Just the sound of your name tingles down my spine For I know that together we will stay all of the time Within your eyes I just drift away, into a state of elevation The touch of your skin excites me You are a divine creation The smell of your hair takes me way back Way back to another place Where there is a heaven upon this earth I see the beauty of your face To hold your hand is a gift from above For my dear, you are my true love Marcus sells The Big Issue at the cnr of Flinders Ln and Degraves St, Melbourne. BOOKWORM I am a new vendor, I’ve been selling since Christmas. I use the money to buy books to read. I love reading fantasy fiction best of all, and Virginia Andrews is my favourite author. Look for me in the mornings! Rebecca M sells The Big Issue in Pitt St Mall (King St) Sydney. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends This picture was painted by Adrian, who used to sell The Big Issue in Victoria. He still pops in from time to time to help out.