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 Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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