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Everything you pack will be wrong.

You will take too much -
over the years your mind has adapted to an amazing list of non-
essentials;

bite the bullet: Unpack everything,

leave it somewhere safe. No sundresses,
wisps of cool for long hot days,

no air conditioning;

your body will adapt faster than
your sensibilities.

You will go rough & feral

in the heat, feet callusing over shards of glass, freckles
on top of freckles,

body whipcord lean, with a cocky strut: a claim of dust
& streets

& secrets,

leave your things behind,  
there will be enough to tend,

your husband,
reputation,
rolled cigarettes,

cactus thorns in a dog paw,
you cannot carry anything else –

not when the police horns will
evict you from the parking lot
& sleep

at 5 AM;

the monsoons storming the eastern sky,
whiplashing bodies & buildings, rugged, ragged,

emerging into one tomorrow after another,
you bend & bend & tumble with the fall,

but when your husband dances with you at 7 AM
in an alley, the dog tangling, jealous,

between your feet

you won't worry about bad breath,
unwashed hair, thorns underfoot,

there is a church handing out breakfast
on the street

& yes,
         
you remembered to pack the ability
to believe

in anything
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Given 2016-05-07
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017
This was amazingly written!
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:iconthelunalily:
TheLunaLily Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful! :heart: :heart: :heart:
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DallasNetwork Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This captures the moment. I understand this completely.
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Professional Writer
:heart:
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joufancyhuh Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to memorize a poem for my poetry class (we need to catch up!) and I'm picking this one cause I love it so so so much.
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Professional Writer
Awww!! Hell yeah. This is definitely meant for spoken word. Let me know if you record it! :heart:
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:iconjade-pandora:
Jade-Pandora Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
Beyond words,  nothing to add that your expression of the experience hasn't covered.:+fav:
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Professional Writer
:heart: 
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:iconwyattanderson:
WyattAnderson Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
Jesus. I...have no words. Except I wish I could steal your talent.
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Professional Writer
LOL some days I wish I could too!
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:iconrhayvennite:
RhayvenNite Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Grats on the DD Hon <3
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:iconkdpxva:
kdpxva Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
Very beautiful and moving. This is very personal to me and it is always comforting to be around those you love when it is happening.
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Professional Writer
Yes you said it exactly. My husband & my dog made everything possible
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:iconkdpxva:
kdpxva Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
I'm very happy you had loved ones around. :)
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:icondorenna:
dorenna Featured By Owner Edited May 7, 2016
Superb work. From one who has been on that darkside. Thank-you.
P.S. Congrats on the D.D.
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Professional Writer
:tighthug:
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:iconzazabelle9200:
ZaZaBelle9200 Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Student General Artist
Beautiful work with a heart warming message. Amazingly done! Congrats!
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Professional Writer
:heart:
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:iconwdnest:
wdnest Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Professional Writer
Wonderful work. Congrats, did not see this turn coming, but so true - in everything there is something good and bad.
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Professional Writer
Yes! :heart:
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:iconvespera:
vespera Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Professional Writer
:w00t:
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Professional Writer
NOMNOMNOM I am just checking my messages because I fail at being a writer HAHA
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:iconvespera:
vespera Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Professional Writer
:*
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:icondjinnfriend:
djinnfriend Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is SO great.
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Professional Writer
:heart:
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Professional Writer
:heart:
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:icongryffgirl:
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
Very beautiful and poignant.  I am glad that this moment is in the past and that you are writing lovely pieces!
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Professional Writer
:heart:
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:iconsilvertox:
SilverTox Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Congratulations on the very well deserved Daily Deviation!!
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Professional Writer
:heart:
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SilverTox Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
FREE flying hearts Icon 
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TheaAtherea Featured By Owner May 7, 2016   Writer
My experience with homelessness was also in Phoenix, but I was lucky enough to spend that time in a shelter with my mom and brothers. Of course, that shelter was on the bad end of Van Buren Street (I'm sure you probably know what that means), so just walking to the bus to get to school in the morning meant being harassed by junkies and guys deciding that you must be a hooker if you're walking alone on that street. I was followed more times than I can remember, and I spent the rest of my teen years wearing a heavy chain and padlock as an "accessory" that could be used to hit someone if it came to that.

I found dA while I was in the shelter and I sometimes think this place saved me. Having a creative outlet and people to talk to can really keep a person from falling into hopelessness. This is a beautiful piece, certainly worthy of the DD. :hug: I'm so glad you've gotten away from that kind of life.
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sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Professional Writer
I know exactly where you are talking about :tighthug: I am glad you found DA & and way out.  It is a life-changing experience, but if we are lucky it can be in a good way. :heart:
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rainbowfoxdragon Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Student General Artist
Congrazzles on the DD :D
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Professional Writer
:heart:
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:iconfalynevarger:
FalyneVarger Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Professional General Artist
Beautiful and well written. It's paced nicely as well. 
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Professional Writer
:heart:
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FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You speak from experience, I think. I'm very happy to see you back and writing again.
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Professional Writer
:heart:
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FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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cristinewakesuphappy Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
gorgeous writing. :iconflyingheartsplz:
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Writer
:heart:
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:icontonepainter:
tonepainter Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This blows me away. Phenomenal.

I hope you are doing well. 
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Writer
Very :heart: (and PS no longer homeless!)
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:icontonepainter:
tonepainter Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! :D:D:D:D
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:iconbeeswingblue:
beeswingblue Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016   Writer
Beautiful. So good to see you here.
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sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Writer
Good to be back! 
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fllnthblnk Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
UH-MAZING. :cookie:
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:iconsunshinegypsy:
sunshinegypsy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Writer
:heart:
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