Daily Archives: May 2, 2012


…but instead…

Posted on May 1, 2012 by Steve The following is a contribution by fellow Beat Enforcement Team member Tyler Urquhart, inspired by some of the people he’s met along Hastings Street. He says it’s “kind of a poem.” A Grandfather, Bouncing grandchildren on his knees. Burgers, ribs, the family barbecue, Stories of ‘how things used to be’, chasing girls, a classic car, old friend, Wisdom, command, always an unspoken respect for the Patriarch. … but instead … An old, worn-out man long past his due date. An addict, a recluse, full of delusion, full of disease. Erupting in anger and compulsive put-downs. Spare change? Spare change? Missing pieces…missing places… farther from human. Alone. Cursed. A young Mother, A shy toddler, spying, hooked on her leg. Coffee with old girlfriends. Other little ones mingle. She checks the time on her Iphone, Loving husband still at work, Family time soon, with talk of another little one on the way. … but instead … Soaked to the bone, crouched on wet cement in a nasty alleyway. Poison in her bra. Rock? Rock? Up? Down? There are no children back here. Waiting for her turn to fix. ‘Where’s my money bitch?’ The dealers’ had enough … she’s short again. […]