gabriel's return

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(gabriel six months earlier, san francisco, 4/24/06)

...it's 12:31 pm. march 2. 2007.
it's hard to breathe sometimes as the pulse races. or do i just forget to?
the subject line reads "on the road boy"
"i know the boy... he never made it through the year"

...it's 5:59 pm. april 24. 2006. should it be this cold?
he's sitting on the corner. like it's his. he's panhandling.
waiting for a friend to bring back food.
i sit beside him.

as people pass, he's always noticed. some stop. some continue.
we talk about the road. about home. about life. about girls.
he's gentler than you'd think. more interested in things you say. and he cares more too.

he's not sure what's next; but says now's good.
his friend returns.

...it's october 17. 2006.
it's his gun.
it's his choice.
farewell.

gabriel joshua wolrab, may 3, 1985 - october 17, 2006.

for his mother, his sisters, his brothers, his friends.

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(this photo was shot immediately prior to the original one posted)
(original: on the road)

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  1. Healed By Art [deleted] 50 months ago | reply

    Lovely

  2. angeleyes_317 50 months ago | reply

    thank you for telling his story...as you have many others

  3. *West Yakima Ave* 49 months ago | reply

    Awesome portrait...again, thank you!
    TILT ~ The Easter Edition

  4. artland 49 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called artland, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  5. Fate_lawliet 47 months ago | reply

    Gabriel...like the angel. Very fitting.

  6. IRIS*MATER 47 months ago | reply

    La madonna... He's beautiful

  7. Boesepueppi 46 months ago | reply

    Hallo, ich bin der Administrator der Gruppe Art & Weise, und wir freuen uns, Ihr Foto unserer Gruppe hinzuzufügen.

  8. Boesepueppi 46 months ago | reply

    A tragical story behind this beautiful and interested face.
    Outstanding work!

  9. thamimzy 45 months ago | reply

    What a cool character. Tell him that I like his earrings.

    [ via flickriver  --thamimzy ]

  10. Emi Lee ♣ 45 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot.
    R.I.P

  11. shade88 42 months ago | reply

    what a beautiful photo and boy!! :)

  12. Lori Lynne 41 months ago | reply

    he stole my heart.

  13. → PEDRO [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    Beautiful portrait.

  14. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    Excellent


  15. ONE GOOD EYE [deleted] 34 months ago | reply

    It is never good bye, but see you later Gabriel.

  16. Rick UK (World of Light) 23 months ago | reply

    Superb portrait..well taken and a very interesting subject

    [ via flickriver  --GB Rickii ]

  17. .:Chelsea Dagger:. 12 months ago | reply

    I can't even tell you how many times I've revisited this photograph. Thank you so much for taking the time to truly SEE him, and for sharing that person with the rest of the world.

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