Gerald

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Gerald was sitting on a bus bench in Hollywood listening to a jazz station on his radio. I asked him what homelessness is like and his response was poetic:

It educates you. It gives you calluses on your soul. You really have to taste of it because some things aren’t in the dictionary to explain. There’s no age limit, no qualifications, no certification. One day you might think you are between the haves and the have-not’s and then caput – you find out you’re not even a good category for the haves or the have-nots. You’re down to the bare essence of the butt nakedism of having to accept that when you are at your best you are at your worst. And when you have nothing at all, you are like, how should I say it…have faith will travel and faith make a way.


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