The Big Issue : Edition 559
THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 6–19 APR 2018 7 STREETSHEET FAREWELL FURBALL To all of my customers and friends who liked Furball. I’m sorry to inform you all that Furball is no longer a Big Issue vendor as he passed away in late January. He will be sadly missed by all the staff and vendors who knew him. Always in my heart and thoughts. RIP Furball, my boy. Ricky M sells The Big Issue at the Hilton Hotel, Hungry Jack’s and Artisan Cafe, Rundle St, Adelaide. WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE HOMELESS? To be blunt, Worthless You can see a community but never really be involved You can smell the food but never quite touch it You feel the friendship but never sense it You float through society and no-one sees Your humiliation What is it like to be homeless? Simply no control While others talk your life While you become a number While others talk and talk to better your life You survive alone and lost, the days become one What is it like to be homeless? As a mother Loved by your children, ignored by society A burden A problem A waste Abuser of children Never should have had children Are we better off dead? Lost in words, gossip and pride Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends Being homeless. Sometimes sad, sometimes fun. And sometimes heartbreaking. Thank god for the people that gave us donations and helped us out with food and blankets! Rain, hail, shine – life on the streets and in the squat. To be with our friends was all that we needed at the end of the day but being on the streets got really lonely in the end. The Big Issue helped me and my friend Aphirat, who I’d stayed with on the streets for the past 10 years. Thank you to those that helped us. Lynette W sells The Big Issue at Hay St Mall, Perth. What is it like to be homeless? In a society that supports and helps the homeless You see the division between government and community You hear the gossip in the schools and streets You feel the disgrace when you enter a room You try your best to not let the judgements and labels turn you away You feel the pain and stress of those that try to help You try to understand you are nobody You sense the lost imbalance of feeling I learned not to feel or explode or get sick or Just Stop – end it all just to stop feeling homeless And all that noise and confusion no-one stops To ask Me What is it like to be homeless, until The Big Issue, my little spot in Pyrmont and my university Now I understand, No-one understands What it is like to be homeless One day I hope no-one will ever have to understand What it is like to be homeless. Rachel T sells The Big Issue in Pyrmont, Sydney. LOVE THOSE DOGS I’m a dog person. One day a man with his labrador walked past my pitch. When I saw the dog, I felt happy and smiled at him. I showed the dog the picture of the dog with the lovely eyes in the article in the magazine. The owner approached me and said “he can’t read!” then walked away. On another occasion, outside the IGA in East Perth, I was trying to sell the ‘Rise of the Robots’ edition [Ed#546] that had the purr-fect cats for kids leaflet in it. A well-dressed lady got out of the car and when she saw the gorgeous cat named Bob from A Streetcat Named Bob in my hand, she suddenly approached me and said, “Yes, I love it!” “So do I, it’s a good film,” I replied. We had a good chat. She heard The Big Issue started in England but had never read it before in Australia. She ended up buying the magazine to give it a try. She told me how much she adores cats and showed me her pretty cat brooch on her dress before she left. That was a good day! Pat L sells The Big Issue at East Perth IGA, Royal Perth Hospital, QV1 and His Majesty’s, Perth. » All vendor contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work.