“So it goes.”
I had a strange flashback today. I was in Prague, Czech Republic. Sitting by myself in a quite populated and picturesque park, adjacent to the main central train station on a sunny summer’s day. Busy tourists walked, bags and suitcases in hand, from one side of the road to the other. I lit a cigarette and soon began to observe the people around me. Many of which I noticed were poorly dressed individuals, communed in groups, seemingly homeless. The apparent undercurrent of society. Quietly startled, I looked ahead. In the distance I saw a woman of remarkable beauty staring right in my direction. From distance, she had all the striking features of a supermodel. She began to walk towards me. Step by step that striking beauty faded. Step by step, that supermodel turned into a Zombie like heroin addict. The closer she came, the more visible her facial sores became. Larger and larger the track marks on her arms appeared. Horrified at her sudden transformation, I sat open mouthed. She stood less than 5 metres away, staring me in the face with a squinted-eyed smiling expression. She was barely out of her teenage years. ”Would you like some business?” She said in a broken english, czech accent. “Would I like some what?”. She demonstrated what she meant with her frail, sore ravaged hands. She implied sex. I politely declined and offered her a cigarette. She accepted and faded off. Slightly overwhelmed from my brief business meeting, I remember thinking, how was it possible for a girl of that age to be consumed by a life of drug use and illegal prostitution? A girl barely old enough to legally drive or drink, succumbed to living her life around a needle. What causes this downward spiral to the depths of humanity? As I was contemplating life’s harsh realities, I caught sight of the girl again. This time she was walking hand in hand with a man in his fifties to early sixties. Torn clothes and visibly over weight. Walking in the direction of some public toilets. She caught my eye and smiled.