Pascal Derrien

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I Will Be Who I Was ( Blues Theme)

I Will Be Who I Was ( Blues Theme)

Oh Well Have we not already been here before !!! The you don't have to be old to be wise or the too old to die young.

The dancing drunken lullabies, the aches and pains with so little gains

The white buffalos and the dogs of war

The narrative who rhymes with hard times.

And again I am talking to myself since I have appeared to have parked my brain on a shelf.

I am so bored when I sit with my cup made of cardboard

Its not so much the absence I despise but the intelligence and its silence

Would you be ever so kind not to act as if you were fucking blind

I am no target for your market, all I want is to be fed

So stopping being afraid.

Who is the bleedin' witch that have turned my life into a faceless bitch

Maybe I should get a hot cup of early dementia under my favorite acacia

Now this wont probably stop the fever or the fact that I forgot to remember

That life has not always been like this for ever.

I cannot recall the fall or if it was me that was bold, the only thing I know is you don't really want to be old when its gettin'  cold

Sometimes I wish I could lament about the crowds on the pavement

But I wont blame the folks and their fast walks

Even those who accidently kick my hand written name with a chalk

Even those  who don't do small talk 

Whereas this is decembermas and even if I am a little bit anxious

I am going to wish all of them

A Happy Christmas 


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Photo Credit

Portraits of the homeless Lee Jeffrie

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Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #18

hmm 🤔 wonder if that’s a good thing or not

Lyon Brave

2 years ago #17

this guy in the photo looks like every professor i have ever had

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #16

ah cheers Don \ud83d\udc1d Kerr that’s a compliment and s half 🙏

don kerr

2 years ago #15

Pascal Derrien Just totally fucking beautiful. Thank you my friend.

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #14

ah thanks Jim Murray compliment much appreciated , its a complex and complicated equation for many obviously those involved and the others like us , don't think there is a right or wrong as I often say people do what they can not always what they want …..

Jim Murray

2 years ago #13

The best compliment I can muster is that I felt that deeply. It's something I think about from time to time. But fortunately it hasn't gotten to the point where I get stuck there.

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #12

many thanks Debasish Majumder you are a gentleman poet :-)

Debasish Majumder

2 years ago #11

lovely buzz Pascal Derrien! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #10

Praveen Raj Gullepalli I would concur to a large extent political will is not abundant when it comes to solve that issue and many similar others so what do we do in the meantime ? I believe only a coordinated action plan can solve this now there is no political will to draft one let alone execute on it...:-(

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #9

this is a very powerful song indeed to your point when I was very involved in that world it was common to brief volunteers by letting them know that besides the physical burden the psychological toll was even greater the trauma of sleeping rough for a week would take rougly 6 months for any individual to somewhat “ recover” so if you add a few more months years I let you imagine how quick you can fall into a spiraled if despair homelessness is also defined a fourth world CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit😔

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #8

ah big thanks mr big heart 😔👍Bill Stankiewicz, \ud83d\udc1d Brand Ambassador

Wow , great post

CityVP Manjit

2 years ago #6

Powerful cover of Say Something in an extraordinary setting. I have no idea how homeless people survive Canadian winters year in year out. it is difficult to take on the perspective of a homeless person especially for most of us who would not last more than a few days outside our respective socially manicured paradise.

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #5

oh Bill King thanks so much for sharing that fantastic story there is always more than meets the eyes , you are a good man 👏👍

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #4

indeed Neil Smith I worked with both homeless organizations here and in France and the stats are grim rough sleepers rarely survive more than 3 or 4 winters :-(

Neil Smith

2 years ago #3

"the only thing I know is you don't really want to be old when its gettin' cold". There's very little that is truer or sadder than this. Cheers, Pascal.

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #2

Indeed I think semantic aside his shots are beautiful and I like this one in particular Ken Boddie :-) I don't have the answer to you question maybe a bit of both ?

Ken Boddie

2 years ago #1

Lee Jeffries has been quoted as saying his shots of the elderly and the homeless are not portraits. Whatever his intent, he seems to catch the light reflecting from their souls. As for your poem, is this an imagined embellishment of one pictured individual, or does the image merely serve to embellish a tale of many truths?

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