Vendor Voices: Vancouver vendor and poet The Bear Whisperer writes a poem about the people he has lost to the overdose crisis
By The Bear Whisperer
The cold settled in East Vancouver,
this little cold is enough
to freeze a person to death.
There’s nothing that anybody
can do to bring back the people
people who overdose on these
killer drugs they use.
My cousin’s soul still here
on Hastings. He OD’d in his hallway in his building
He wanted to be tough and
respected like he knows all the
drugs and what goes on downtown.
life ends in a blink of an eye
The streets are cold the streets
go on and on.
Poets like Shakespeare
song writers like Neil Diamond
writers like Neil Benson.
People that I admire.
I thought I lived the life and
songs of some songs like “Baker Street”
by Gerry Rafferty. “No where road,” Steve
The Bear Whisperer sells magazines and the Hope in Shadows calendar in Vancouver.
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