The Big Issue : Edition 555
THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 9–22 FEB 2018 7 STREETSHEET THEY’RE GETTING MARRIED! I’d like to wish my friend from uni and her beau the very best of wishes for their marriage. I have known her for many years and would also like to thank her for many years of chats, wraps, chockies and kindness. I’d like to thank her family for their kind invitation to the reception and for their kindness throughout the years. Many thanks and best wishes to all. Dianne sells The Big Issue in Melbourne CBD. LOVE A CUPPA I keep my teabags in a jar, It doesn’t matter how they are, Coffee I don’t drink at all Strong or weak, it’s black tea I drink! Stephen M sells The Big Issue at cnr of Ann and Creek Sts, Brisbane. STAR STRUCK I met Casey Donovan at the Park Cafe in Redfern Park opposite my new pitch outside Woolworths. I went over to say hello. She was so lovely and was happy and appreciative when I said I really liked her. Casey bought a magazine and her friend also bought one when I mentioned my Vendor Profile was in the magazine [Ed#543]. Plus Paul Kelly was on the cover. Casey Donovan used to be on Australian Idol and has an amazing voice. She also won I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. I did ask for her permission to tell everyone I met her and she said “Go for it!” Annemarie sells The Big Issue in Redfern, Sydney. IT’S NOT EASY I have been working for The Big Issue Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends Our very own David Attenborough! Robert sells The Big Issue in Melbourne CBD. for almost two years. The hours are great because I have kids always needing my attention, especially my eldest daughter, and I am looking after my grandkids. I work as hard as I can to sell magazines to make money. Some days I find it hard to stand on my feet all day, like the other vendors can, because I had a knee reconstruction early last year and I still feel pain in my knee. My customers are always nice to me. The staff are really caring and understand when I have other commitments. Jackie G sells The Big Issue on Arts Bridge and Myer Bridge, Perth. MY SOLDIER SONS My two sons both serve in the Australian Army and have served overseas. The youngest served in Iraq and the eldest served in Afghanistan. Both saw action. When they were serving in war zones, I constantly lived with the fear that I would lose them. I am an ex-serviceman myself and have lost friends in action. I felt guilty that my sons had joined up, mainly because of my influence on them when they were young boys. I am useless at sport, so we would build model aircraft together, and share an interest in military things. Anyway, I composed this verse to give them a piece of my wisdom, something they could use as a soldiering philosophy, a military modus operandi. I am grateful to God that I did not lose them, and pray that there may be peace: Think like a general, act like a soldier! War, war, war! The politicians roar: “Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war” O’ my son Flesh of my flesh, breath of my breath Fear not death! For terrorists operate in groups But terror operates on its own Therefore, age action rationally And without any rules win absolute rule! For sure to come is the fool With the power to rule So find in yourself that wisdom which is non-dual Then, retire from the fire Leaving in peace the world’s worst mire The wickedness of man’s political desire! Bill Mc sells The Big Issue on Creek and Queen Sts, Brisbane. LOVE & SQUISHES I’d like to thank everyone for their wonderful responses to my Vendor Profile [Ed#552]. It has been a fantastic and positive experience for me and my cat Squishy – I didn’t know how many friends we have! Garry sells The Big Issue at Flagstaff Station, Melbourne. THE FEAR They move me out I see breakdown occur I breathe, near a door The moments I fear the illness Oh dear Conrad sells The Big Issue in Melbourne. » All vendor contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work.