Run Away Home – IDHOTTL #1

This piece is number 1 in the collection I Do Heroin on the Train Line So You Don’t Have To: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to My Galaxie

Run Away Home by Melodie Yvonne

(Originally written for Creative Writing at JCHS in October 1993)

I feel so trapped. My small light floods the entire room with brightness. There are no sounds except that humming of the dryer downstairs. I get up. I know it’s time for me to go. As I walk I feel my mind lighten. I take one last look in the mirror. I look different, not myself.

I pick up my things. Though they are heavy, they feel light compared to the weight on my heart. I walk down the long dark hallway, and I don’t look back. So many things are happening at once. I approach the stairs, and steadily walk down with a bag in each hand. Everything is still quiet. I walk down the stairs, and turn into yet another dark hallway, but this time I feel a chill. I know I may never be back.

I stop to take my clothing from the warm dryer. I put them in my bag. As I approach the door I know I can’t come back once I walk out. I go through the door, and the cold wind bites through my skin. I smell smoke in the air from a fire long since perished. I walk to a car and get in. I turn the key. I feel a loss, but at the same time a great gain… Freedom.

Finally, I turn on the headlights. They pierce the dark like a sword. These are the lights I will always follow because these are the ones that truly take me home.


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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne, lead photographer and owner of Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the age of 5, and was immediately hooked. By the age of 15 she began to turn every trip, even just to the local park, into a fantasy scene of her own imagination, and started mentoring with many local professionals. Melodie received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to many amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when listening to music. Her goal was to help people SEE the music.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography. She published her first print work, a collection of images & poetry, in 2011, and has since published many more print works. Melodie currently acts as owner & lead photographer at Photographic Melodie, House Photographer for Purdue Theatre, and Tour Photographer for multiple Billboard Charts topping bands as well as freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and musicians.

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