The Other Side

The disadvantaged side of town

Colleen Millsteed
2 min readJul 2, 2021

Photo by Serge Kutuzov on Unsplash

I have seen you in your fancy mansion
On the deck, where you watch the sun go down,
Remember there are others who see it too
Over on the other, wrong side of town.

The side where the homeless and sick lay
Where the drop-outs and druggies are,
Where there is always a fight brewing
And we all drive a souped-up car.

Over here life is ruled by the ruthless
We find out that hope is seldom there,
We get drunk and high on a daily basis
And most of us could not care.

Young and skinny street kids roam the alleys
Their ‘good for nothing’ parents kicked them out,
They can only eat if they rob a grocery store
But then they earn the label of being a lout.

But aside from all that, I too watch the sunsets
I still take the time to write, read and dream,
Look under the surface and see we are human
Notice that things aren’t always what they seem.

So while you’re sitting over there on your deck
Relaxing and watching the sun go down,
Remember me as I will be watching too
From over here, the other side of town.

Thank you for reading.

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Colleen Millsteed

Top Writer in Poetry. I’m a Finance Manager with a love of both numbers and words.