The Big Issue : Edition 579
#VENDORWEEK 25 JAN–7 FEB 2019 7 STREETSHEET FLEETING MOMENTS Many thoughts, Reach for my pen Etching into the paper We cover up everything We stain our hair To hide our age We wax our faces to pull out hair We shave to look youthful We pollute the air By burning fossil fuel We stain the oceans With our toilet waste We knock down the forests For food and wood For our selfish lives Everything is swept Under the rug We pollute rivers With detergents And I reach for my pen And etch into the paper Made from a cut-down tree Look at the destruction Now they want to destroy Australia More than we could imagine It needs to stop And I etch harder Into the paper Made from a cut-down tree We need to be honest and up-front And it should start with the Politicians before and after The elections And I take my pen and etch harder Into the paper Made from a cut-down tree Lynn R participates in the Community Street Soccer Program in Newcastle, NSW. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends IN LOVE AGAIN The biggest issue in my life is that I have always been rejected, and I am so scared of rejection that I reject people first. In fact, I feel like an expert on it. Selling The Big Issue, however, has been one of the best things to happen to me in ages. I met a vendor called David, and he introduced me to The Big Issue. Customers are so kind, even when they don’t buy a copy and they say no thanks and give me a smile. I would go so far as to say that selling The Big Issue has made me less scared of rejection and less hard on myself. Mother Nature carried me, and that is where my love came from as a kid, and then I started falling in love with people while selling TBI. It’s wonderful – and my heart is even opening to family again. Claire sells The Big issue at Perth Town Hall. THE WRITE THING The other week the government was talking about dismissing adult literacy programs from TAFE. So, the Department of Education arranged for some of us to go on a trip to Parliament House for a meeting with the education ministry. There were three from NSW, two from Tasmania and four from SA. We went by bus, which they hired for us, to Canberra. We left early Tuesday morning; got there late in the afternoon. We were invited into the office where one of the department guys talked to us. All they promised was that we could stay until the term finished and they’re going to sit on it again. I showed them my Vendor Profile [Ed#566] and that explained my reason for continuing my education. I told them I work with The Big Issue and half of my earnings pays for my education. They said they’re going to try to make it cheaper for us. They gave us a feed and a motel – which saved us from sleeping on the lawn! I feel we did achieve a bit. Once again, thank you to The Big Issue and my customers for all the help and support you have given me. Ron sells The Big Issue on Pirie Street, Adelaide. » All vendor contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work. My painting Country Retreat is about where people on drugs and alcohol who have lost their children, whether it’s to DHS intervention or divorce or the devastation of death, can come to learn how to live and love again, and learn new skills. Skills like growing vegetables and planting fruiting trees, for the leaves of the fruiting trees in the New Kingdom come will heal the nations. Love and peace. Sharon M sells The Big Issue outside Westpac, cnr Swanston and Collins Sts, Melbourne.