Living On The Other Side Of The World

Living On The Other Side Of The World short poem

Photo by Nick Kenrick.

Have you met that little girl?
That little girl who lives on the dark side of the world.
That little girl who has not eaten for days.
That little girl who doesn’t a have place to call home.
I am sure you haven’t, because you live on the bright side of the world.

Oh how she wished!
Wished, she could live on the other side of the world, the bright side where everything looks perfect.
The side where children have enough to eat.
Where a high school diploma doesn’t cost anything but attendance.
The side where school busses are available for children, rather than walking miles and miles to school.
The side where dreams and desires matter.

Every night as she lay down on her cold mat bed, all she dreams of, is living on the other side of the world.
The side where children complain about not having enough sauce on their spaghetti, rather than being grateful for a loaf of bread.
She cannot wait to live on the other side of the world, the side where child abuse is a crime, not a disciplinary action.
The side where children have six or seven pair of shoes, rather than waiting on harvest season to buy a used pair of shoes.
I am sure you have not met that little girl. If you do, you will be grateful for what you have.

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