#WATWB June – Man with no hands sells sketches in bid to raise money for homeless

As soon as I pick that pencil up I feel like I’m healed.

Robert Drew



Picture from ABC News: : Former homeless artist and recovering drug addict Robert Drew has been selling his sketches to get by on the streets. (ABC News: Anna Hartley)


Robert Drew was born without fingers. What’s more he has been in the grip of drug addiction.  He tried ice, pot, and alcohol. But his drawing has drafted – pun intended – a new perspective.  Clearly he has a talent. Please check out the article on ABC News Australia.

What a great way to utilize our talents for a better life.

Robert’s story is my (late arrival) focus for this month’s We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB post for June 2019.

Our co-hosts this month are:
Sylvia McGrath,
Susan Scott,
Shilpa Garg,
Eric Lahti,
and Belinda Witzenhausen.  Please head over to their pages and all using the #WATWB.

Robert Drew reminded me of an earlier poem of mine called “We Are More”. There is an excerpt below.

We Are More


He takes his “Please help” sign,

Turns it round,

And with

A texta he found,


To sketch,

Feebly at first,


With gusto,

A portrait

Of her,

That Toulouse-Lautrec

Would be proud of.


We are more

Than the symptoms seem.

More good news on the #WATWB tag



Author: simonfalk28

Country lad, Focussing on verse.

8 thoughts on “#WATWB June – Man with no hands sells sketches in bid to raise money for homeless”

  1. Extraordinary story Simon – hard to fathom the dedication with no fingers. As your poem says we are more than our symptoms . I hope Queensland gets adequate funding for the homeless

  2. Hi Simon – I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about Robert Drew – what an amazing talent and thank goodness he turned his life around, so his talent could come forth and stun us. I love your poem – so appropriate for this post … and good luck to Robert – cheers Hilary

  3. Hi Simon, 3rd attempt to post a comment – this is an extraordinary story. Your poem speaks well to it that we are more, much more than our symptoms. May Queensland be well funded so that homelessness lessens.

  4. Great post, Simon! Homelessness is a universal problem and sadly addiction can happen to anyone. I love how Robert is giving back! Thanks so much for sharing and for being a part of #WATWB! 🙂

  5. Really enjoyed this story, Simon. What a brave man, to persevere despite his handicap and hard life…how wonderful that he can experience an artist’s creativity. He puts me in mind of the MFPA (mouth and foot painting artists) except he appears to paint beautifully with his fingerless hands, doesn’t he? How very amazing and wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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