Jul 24, 2018 | By: Jim Rode at Friday Night Art
It begins in desperation. Food and water is first. You give up the "daily" shower. Applying for work requires extraordinary effort to find a welcome place, a change of clothes, lunch, soap.
A jug is taken from the trash to carry enough water in the 95º heat.
To carry a sleeping bag is to carry a cross. So you "borrow" a shopping cart. From there on out, you can be arrested at any time.
The food you find can be iffy. Consume it now, or it will make you sick hours later in the heat.
Sweat and its odor becomes the barrier between you and the "public". But, it makes no difference. In broad daylight no one sees you anyway. It complicates the mind.
©2018 Jim Rode at Friday Night Art in OKC
PS This art, ink-fused on aluminum makes a statement to anyone who would collect it. 20x30 in size with attached wall hanger. $1450
Shipping outside OKC is $125
If you acquire it, I promise to donate $725 to Jesus House to feed the poor.
For you to display this for others will be known to God.
And I remain, a coward to the homeless around me.
Jim Rode ©2018
Friday Night Art
Street Smarts OKC depicts two homeless men in the shade of the wall at 95º.
Image: Jim Rode