It would be my disease of addiction.
Everybody knows about it but nobody talks about it,
so it is the pink elephant in the living room.
Everyone is walking around and over and under it
and totally forgetting that this thing is an obstacle.
No one talks about it, they just walk around it.
So that person is just enabled to use
rather than someone opening up dialogue about it
and getting rid of it.
Like a Lion in Wait
Iíve been hearing in the news
a lot of the young women being manipulated.
When I see something like that
I do something about it,
kicking the younger ones off the street.
I donít think anyone knows what itís like
and what you have to do to get a fix
when youíre hurting.
It becomes a cycle
and some people down here die.
Iíve seen young girls being manipulated by males,
boyfriends that have been pimping them out.
But they donít see them as pimps.
Thatís really odd.
And the first thing they do after theyíre done a date
heís standin there with his hand out
waiting for the money she just worked her ass off to make.
And god knows what she had to do for that buck
and he didnít do anything but wait around.
He could care less about her health and safety
and thatís just the way it is.
At first they donít see that.
They come off as caring and loving,
but thatís the last thing they have on their mind.
Sheís just a tool to get him high
So I would say
It starts out real innocent,
ĎOh no, I donít want any money from my girlfriend.
She gives it to me willingly.í
And then after awhile
he comes to expect it and beats her
because she didnít make so much money.
Itís unfortunate that the girls donít see that.
It's Ďlike a lion in waití.
The Hardest Thing
How much of myself I am giving up
How obvious it is, my need for drugs
I think thatís very obvious to everyone
that sees me standing on the corner.
when you were a kid, what were your dreams:
I wanted to be a nun. (smiles)
Yeh I did.
Youíve come to the wrong place! (Both laugh)
Well, as a product of incest,
I probably didnít have much chance
of becoming a real nun anyway,
but thatís what I always wanted to be.
I always thought that God would protect me.
What about your dreams now?
They are a little more realistic, but
sometimes they are so far away
that they are overwhelming
and I donít know where to start
Is there anything you think
they need down here to help women?
More housing for women.
I see more housing and more opportunities
for men down here than women.
Itís unbalanced and itís not fair.
Have you gone to the detox here?
Yeh I did.
Was it hard to get in?
I had to call everyday, twice a day . . .
to get in . . . for a week.
Sometimes I wish I didnít know
so much down here.
I wish it wasnít so comfortable
but itís my life now
Itís my lifestyle
and I know to change is a lot of work.
It was a lot of work to get this far,
itís going to be a lot of work to back track.
Mainstream society seems so far away from me.
Black-and-white photo by Chris Young
copyright 2001: Ellavon: An Ezine of Basic Culture and Kat Kosiancic