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Visual Write: Street Art Series


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Photo: candylocs-2016 Detroit, MI

The Coming

I walk to keep time on my side
Can’t bother to stop
for man on side
calling  for eyes to slide
their way
Women talking amongst
loudly
for eyes to slide
their way
Wind rushes to find spots
to slip
underneath tight coats
Still
blistered faces
wait for sun
Not soon enough
Impatient
Gray springs to life
in these days of light
Buds poke only to hide out
Just one more day
Spring is coming.

It’s finally happened. The weather has officially changed here in the city of Chicago. This weekend was the first of many of me waking up, sun shining, and me thinking of just being…..out there. The logical part of me knows that 10 minutes out and sun beaming down on my helmet of dreadlocs is not really all that fun. The dreamer in me knows I’m “glowing” in a haze of heat, too cute to care. But! With all the sweating and self conscious pulling at my too short shorts, there comes the familiar energy that we all love when it comes to the summer. You didn’t think you were the only one praying to whatever sun god to bring us the heat, did you?? Walking through the first farmer’s markets of the season, people sweat it out with smiles on their faces, organic heirloom tomatoes on their minds, and an occasional whisper of how hot as shit it is( with a chuckle of course) because nobody wants to be the one to admit that they were the ones that prayed for this. WE ALL PRAYED FOR THIS. So, fellow Chicagoans, we are here. We made it! Now let’s get out there and sweat it out with the sun. We’ve earned it…

Haven’t we?

Walking Dead in Chicago

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Who’s not posting pictures of the snow these days? I had to do at least one. It’s not much but you get the gist of it. I can’t stress enough how much the weather affects me internally. I wake up only to find myself wishing the whole of the city will freeze to the point of a subway shutdown just so I don’t have to step foot out of my room. Yeah, it’s that bad. I’m working on my second winter here in Chicago and my first winter without a car since I was 15. Let’s not count years and just say…it’s been a VERY long time since I’ve lived without a vehicle. I have traveled a great deal in my life and seen many winters, but this one has taken a toll on me more than the ones past. The up and down of just above 10 degrees to well below zero is…well…quite frightening at times. After all, 5 degrees does make a difference. It does. I have to be grateful for the choices I’ve made in my (more than less) healthy lifestyle and not getting sick with all these crazy weather changes. My body has stayed strong and true, with only the occasional thought of possibly losing my right big toe to frost bite.

So, this post is to you walkers out there! No reference to my Walking Dead fans;)Woo! But if you’re driving in your warm car and see us “walkers” barely holding it together in our 7 layers, looking damn near dead, send us good warm thoughts from that heater blasting you in the face. And when we get home after hopping a train and you’re left digging your way out of your parking spot for an hour, we’ll try to do the same from the warmth of our living room. Stay sane my fellow city walkers, the end is coming.