By Luck Of Birth

3 Jun

By luck of birth

I live in a place

Where guns are not thrust in my face.

Don’t see the homeless on the streets

They’re probably  there,

Just never meet

The neighbours are quite well-to-do,

Obliged to ask me

‘How are you?’

I’ve never even seen a fight

Or been scared to walk alone at night,

Faced the fear of violence or rape

Play dead or run? To contemplate.

Over here we don’t go hungry

Veggies, fish, meat and fungi

Adorn our plates and fill our tummies

For paper with Queens head called money.

I don’t want to paint an incomplete picture

Racism, unemployment – permanent fixtures,

We’ve been burgled twice in our house

Hood-rats, neither man nor mouse.

This place i live is far from perfect

All sorts here;

Some wasters, some worth-it.

For the most part it is safe

People worry about their clothes, their weight

Not if this day they’ll survive

Lucky enough to get home alive.

By luck of birth

I live here

Not somewhere for my life I’d fear.

By luck of birth

Think again

By luck of birth

You, not them.


6 Responses to “By Luck Of Birth”

  1. Kyle June 3, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    brilliant and clever – i take it you’re not from hackney then?

    • fringewalk June 3, 2012 at 11:23 am #

      Haha! Noes, i am a proper country bumpkin! 😉 x

  2. William June 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    I like … sounds like a fairy tale compared to the life I’ve had, but nice 🙂

    • fringewalk June 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

      Well, it was convos with you, and a rl friend of mine, that inspired it, so thankyou! 😉

      • William June 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

        Not often I help inspire someone to write something Nice … lol … but I’m glad I did 🙂

  3. voluntaryfiber June 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Beautiful! It’s so important to remember what we’ve been given. I just spent some time on your site. it’s quite positive – thank you!

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