February 28, 2015

NEW YORK CITY STREET PHOTOGRAPHY AND FLASH FICTION "I AM NOBODY" BY ERIC HILL

Eric Hill, born in Washington DC, was first photographed among the cherry blossoms. This, no doubt, forms the basis for his colorful politics and a life long pursuit of cherry pie. That his Grandfather was a minister, no doubt explains, his intense desire to find another way to God than Religion. His writing comes from his profound need to get this crazy stuff out of his head.

He has published with Black Wire,  Indiana Voice Journal, Rain/Disaster/Party, Ijagun Poetry Journal and Behhutet.


Eric is also a street photographer in New York City.  Featured here are some of his photographs.


To see more of Eric's work:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/erichill418/


Burned-out Blues




This fellow has been living on the streets in my neighborhood for years...


Bag man stalked by shadows...



Homeless shopping cart...a street view


Looking For Food


Life On The Streets of New York


Sleeping


See The World Through My Eye's


 Street Life

  Pictures and captions provided by Eric Hill.



I am nobody

Yet I have a story to tell, although it is really not much of a story

at all. The beginning, for instance is not a beginning of anything

in particular  – it was as if nothing happened at all.  Did you

notice it?


All of this is because I am nobody.

I mean all those ‘somebody’s’ began to be somebody at two

years old! Then went on to do great big frigging things and

ended rich and famous. That is a real story; it’s exciting – it’s

magnificent but my story? What can I say?

So I begin this story with an insult: “You must be bored stiff to

be reading this dreary tribute to nobody!”

But there you go – as for me? Well it's a challenge everyday to

live this story to its end, ah but you? Well! You can smile

politely and drift toward the door. Anyway it will most likely

just fizzle out like an old fart that drives everybody from the

room, leaving me a stinking nobody.

How long can a story about nobody be?


I mean nobody gets sick and dies!

So what happens?

Nobody is happy or unhappy.

Perhaps I am a ghost wandering the neither world, a whiff of

what once had presence like a thought someone realized then

forgot. Anyway people look at me as if I wasn’t there  - that I

don’t matter.

They say, “Nobody can do anything.”

 But I will matter - I am here to prove them wrong. I have decided it is

time for nobody to start asking questions and taking direct action. I

will make myself heard but then who will listen to nobody. I will get

nowhere.

This is the thing: we look at stray dogs and the homeless or just

scraps of paper blowing down the street – they are unwanted and a

blight so street-sweepers clean and take the litter to the garbage

heap. We have the pound for dogs and cats, and policemen to keep

the human garbage off the streets.

Yes sometimes I feel like garbage, but then again what would you

expect from nobody. Nobody is disposable. So yes I am going to start

asking a few fundamental questions like: “How come I am nobody

and he is somebody?”

It’s the systemic structure of winner take all and the losers must serve

the master. We are dispensed with as if we had no names or

mothers. They look at me as if I am out of place and sneer, “who are

you to ask questions?”  


 I am required to say, “Nobody”

And be warned, they send bad moods to disrupt your dreams about

being somebody, oh yes they can send them directly to your brains

through TV programming or a visit from the ‘Bring Down Committee’.

Look around, there are plenty of nobodies out there. You could be

one! I mean how many friends do you have on Facebook?

OK that was a low blow from one nobody to another; next you will

argue that I am a nobody trying to be somebody or really just being

negative. Yes! It is the bad moods they have been sending out to all

our brains – to us nobodies.

So I am left scurrying about, grasping at ways to waste time and

become agitated so that I can keep my status as nobody. Like rats

and roaches we nobodies crawl together and dwell in filth while

somebody has several houses they don’t live in. I mean, “What do

you think about all this?”

Is it all really just a matter of fairness?  Is the system rigged to create

dough-headed nobodies to wash our toilets, sweep our floors, haul

out the garbage so we can feel like somebody?

~Eric Hill

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousJuly 13, 2015

    Some of the thoughts in the poem remind me of Eldridge Cleaver, when you talk about the "systematic structure." The part about being a "nobody" is a lot like Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man." I guess this could be a novel or better yet an epic poem with a science fiction twist about an upper class that sends people "bad moods to disrupt our dreams about being somebody."

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