is something I am familiar with.
I lived, for a few weeks, under a bridge in Atlanta.
It was at first scary, but after a few nights, I was accepted by the fire in the barrel crowd.
I stood by the fire, ate food absconded from dumpsters and wondered if I would ever get out.
I doubted, being what I considered being mentally ill, that I would.
Get out, that is.
But I did.
I did get out.
I faked normalcy in order to put a roof over my head.
Faking worked for a while, but people are, in most circumstances, not stupid.
I’m thankful that my homeless, living beneath Spaghetti Junction period, only lasted a few weeks because frankly, I was freaked out.
I considered prostituting myself to buy food, but in the end, opted for going hungry.
I thought about what my strong, self-assured, fearless sister would do, and did it.
She may not know it, but her wits combined with my stubbornness, likely saved my life.
I drifted from place to place until I found a putrid, spider-infested place to get out of the rain.
I kept a vacuum on standby for many weeks to suck up spiders, hoppy-bugs and pine roaches.
I know what it is to be nobody, nowhere with nothing other than the thoughts in my head.
I am a photographer, but only I, at the time, knew that .
I see what I see and am thankful for it .
I am who I am even when it strips me bare.
I will seek what I know to be true and find solace in that truth.
I am who I am and will be so
regardless of who or what I am perceived to be.
I know what it means to be homeless and friendless.
I am not afraid anymore.
I am, instead, fearless; like my sister.