The Big Issue : Edition 530
THEBIGISSUE10–23FEB2017 7 STREETSHEET ONE IN A MILLION I’m a big Guns N’ Roses fan and have been listening to them for years. ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ is my favourite song. I’m excited that they’re coming to Perth, but I don’t have a ticket for the show. I would love to see them one day – that would be a dream! Ron sells The Big Issue outside His Majestys and at King and Murray streets, Perth. NOVEMBER RAIN I’m really happy to sell the Guns N’ Roses edition and hope to sell out over the two weeks, as I know there are lots of fans who will hopefully want to buy it! My favourite song is ‘November Rain’. I got married in November 2013 and that was my wedding song. I listen to them all the time and will play Guns N’ Roses music on my phone when I’m selling the edition! Kellee T sells The Big Issue at Hay St Body Shop, Perth. SWEET KIDS OF MINE I am the biggest Guns N’ Roses fan! I’ve been listening to their songs since I was a teenager. ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ is my favourite because it makes me think of my son and daughter. Any song about children makes me think of them, and they always make me happy! Mick H sells at Raine Square, Perth. PARADISE CITY Twelve years ago I was living on the streets in Melbourne with a good friend and we found out about The Big Issue. I’ve been selling in Sydney the past six to seven years and before that I sold in Adelaide. Sydney is the best; the people are generous and polite and I get a lot of regulars. I enjoy meeting new people Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends every day. I see at least 20 new faces each day. It makes me feel good. I’m working my own hours and earning money. This job is about committing to build yourself a better life and a better future. That’s the way I see it. It’s an opportunity more than anything else. Robert sells The Big Issue at Elizabeth and Market sts, Sydney. LIFE Life is often kind of stark, swim in circles Cut yourself, and watch the shark. Sometimes like sweet and sour pork, life just slips off your fork. What an unholy mess when it hits the floor! Who is this freak they mutter on? How long until they are gone? “Taxi, taxi. Where’s the door?” Then, amidst the raging of the sea, Whistling to the wind, first to starboard, then to lee Suddenly, eerily, I am there, alone, and face to face with only me. A room of shelter there I find. It pulsates through the echoes of my mind. Black and grey, the colours spare, in the corner just one ugly, half trashed out chair. Then unexpectedly, from well, well thin air, before, beyond, around despair. Offered so, unexpectedly Arrives the sweetest, aromatic cup of tea. How can so little, be so much? Could it be the pourer’s tender touch? Courage, courage, back to life now it pulses on. The greyness of the room, it’s gone! The floor it has a sparkle now, There is a window somehow. Daybreak, then two new chairs. It is just a trifle, I once feared. Just a life that some have smeared. Life, often like a jagged line of chalk. On the sidewalk etched so transiently both shit and gold will wash away. Nothing on this world is here to stay In the weakness of our strength Character alone will make a mark. A loving life will leave a spark. Weep and work with others and there shall be, Seven oceans of tranquillity. Wayne sells The Big Issue at Fairfield, Melbourne. This poem is dedicated to Amanda, who is finishing a life of service to the community. She has been a dedicated guide dog puppy raiser. All vendor 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 • instagram @bigissueaustralia I’m a massive fan of Guns N’ Roses! I listen to their music all the time. I’ve had my Guns N’ Roses T-shirt for a long time and wear it with pride. I couldn’t choose a favourite song–Ilovethemall–butAxl Rose is definitely my favourite band member! Keith sells The Big Issue in Perth CBD.