Free of Charge

‘’I’m not like most people and that scares people. Being an outsider is the scariest thing in this country. The streets are full of people who just couldn’t be normal enough. I’m trying my best to be normal, to be accepted like everybody else. That’s why I’m here. I’m a nice person. All I want is to be loved. That’s why I’m giving away free hugs. I think if people would give me a chance, they will understand, they won’t ever want to let me go.’’

Picture taken in Katowice, Poland
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Mate for Life


”I saw the saddest thing: a pigeon had been run over by a car. The pigeon’s mate, not sure if it was a male or female, stayed with the body, waiting. Hoping he would come alive again, hoping he’d fly away with her, like he always would. The people saw it, but they quickly looked away. I’m sure they forgot all about it within minutes. I waited until his mate flew away and then I grabbed the body and buried it in the park. It wasn’t until later that I noticed that a pigeon was watching me all the time. I gathered it was the mate, he was wondering where I was taking his sweetheart. He watched me bury his lover. I stood there and mourned alongside him. When he flew away I began to cry…. Some thing are just too familiar.”
Pictures taken in Katowice, Poland
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A Father’s Warning

‘’Stand upright. Don’t be afraid. Don’t ever be afraid. Look at your brother, look at your sister. One day I won’t be around. But you two will. I warned you about the creatures lurking in this world. How susceptible we are to his temptations. Remember the commandments. Remember whose kingdom this is. Pray for those who you live, pray for those you are going to love. Pray for those who are lost. And always, always, take care of each other… Now let’s get some ice-cream!’’

Picture taken in Katowice, Poland
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Blank before Darkness

‘’I had written down everything I wanted to tell him. I told him about all the things he did that hurt me, things that would never leave me. I wanted to tell him all that before I did what I did, but then I figured that the mystery would be more satisfying. So I crumbled up the paper and left it somewhere. He would not see my face, he would not know why and as he was dying, he would go through all the people he’d hurt in his whole miserable life but there would be no definitive answer. There would be a blank before the darkness. I think I did the right thing.’’

Picture taken in Katowice, Poland
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One Day

‘’Nobody wants to be alone at my age. I understand why people would feel sorry for me. This is not what I wanted, but it is what happened. I had someone who meant everything to me, I wanted him to be with me until I died or I wanted to die with him. Only the luckiest die together. But he died first, as men often do. Now I’m alone. We never had children, it was not in my nature to have them. It made him very sad, but we couldn’t live without each other. So we lived without children. We knew that one day, one of us will be alone. But even now, I think of him every day. I pray for him every day. I visit his grave every day. It’s a long way walking to his grave, it’s not good for my knees. This might sound odd, but every time I visit his grave, it almost feels like I’m meeting him again. I look forward to it. Just like when I would pick him up from work. Back when we were young, when there was such a long life ahead of us. I almost feel like one day he would be standing there, waiting for me. He would take me with him, wherever he was and I would never have to leave him again.’’

Picture taken in Katowice, Poland
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