Author Archives: Drakakis

About Drakakis

Street Poet scribbling to your tired, your poor, your huddled masses; the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, the homeless, tempest-tost ...

Homeless Heroism

From the NY Times LONDON — For Chris Parker, the arena’s entrance area might have seemed like a good place to ask people for money. Stephen Jones had found a spot nearby to sleep. Now, the two men, both homeless, … Continue reading

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“The street’s on fire in a real death waltz …”

From the Toronto Star Now get to work on homeless deaths: Editorial There’s an old business adage that you can’t manage what you don’t measure. If you don’t know the size of a problem and how it’s changing over time, … Continue reading

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Sinai Tapestry (off-topic)

Blogs about social issues can become so earnest some times that they occasionally induce bouts of self-righteous ennui.  So, now and again, simple off-topic meanderings are a welcome diversion.  Today I re-stumbled upon this book, almost 40 years after I … Continue reading

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Wasting the meaning and losing the rhyme

  I feel for my brothers and sisters, on and off the street.  Life’s always a bitch, but it’s worse when everyone is pretending to be happy.  My most poignant memory of Xmas eve was when I was working for … Continue reading

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Offered Without Comment (‘Cause Mom Said Don’t Speak When You’re Angry)

‘Patient is VSA’: Dispatch calls from Ottawa man’s fatal encounter with police

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Fentanyl, Your Last Train Home.

When I was shuffling around the streets of lowertowm, a smart middle class boy trying to get straight, there were dangers, but none I felt afraid of for myself. There were drugs. Lots of drugs Heroin still took a few … Continue reading

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Promises … promises

I’ve been very neglectful of this blog, particularly now that our fellow LowLives are under siege all across North America.  I make this brief promise to try to do better.  My sort-of motto was to be the voice of the … Continue reading

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