William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD
ADDICTED OR AFFLICTED?
Photo ©Copyright by John-Ward LeightonA poor soul lay upon the ground
A passing photo op was found
He passed out at the porno shop
Ignored by each and every cop
The dildo sign above his head
Was on special, that’s what it said
The cold cement that was his bed
Perhaps asleep… but maybe dead?
Addicted or afflicted?
Was it drugs or booze?
Laying on the side walk
In a drunken snooze!
The porno shop it had specials
Triple X mags were on display
Ignored by passing citizens
A human being, there lay!
Canada’s original Adult Store
With Chinese specials on sale galore
Provided a place to lay and rest
The cold cement of Canada’s West!
©Copyright December 20, 2006 by William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD
Photo ©Copyright by John-Ward LeightonAuthor’s Note: A poem inspired by the photographic work of Canadian Poet, writer, and photographer – John-Ward Leighton
Canadian Snow bird bums, perhaps amongst them some old veterans suffering from PTSD and mental problems come here from all across Canada to get away from the snow, ice and cold in the rest of our beautiful Nation. They bring their addictions with them. They sleep on our streets and the harsh wet damp climate of Vancouver and Victoria claims many lives each and every year. They die of alcohol poisoning, drug overdoses and of natural causes, cold, hypothermia, liver problems, heart attacks and neglect by a system that released them from former Government Money Saving mental institutions to fend for themselves on the cold streets of lotus land. Merry Christmas my friends and best o’ health to all in 2007 – Billy Willbond
Note: John Ward-Leighton, published on the IWVPA and several anthologies and, in Military Circles, is a recognized Canadian Poet, a first class writer, an expert photographer who served in the Army with this writer during the cold war peacekeeping era. Like the writer, John is a paratrooper! Leighton is retired but continues to write and take beautiful photographs of naked young ladies, scenery in the parks, architecture, flowers, building both historical and new in the Vancouver area. John supports the AIDS ORPHANS OF AFRICA through ICROSS CANADA and I am proud to call him my friend.