Lives of Misery

A child is born to luxury
While a child is born to poverty
Both destined to lives of misery

The child of wealth runs from loneliness and pain
While the poor child runs from neglect and shame
Both headed for a ride on death’s train

The child of wealth always wanted more
While the poor child wants not to sleep on the floor
They unconsciously wanted to exit life’s door

The child of wealth seeks relief from cocaine
While the poor child shoots heroine in his vein
Each denying they are to blame

Never knowing their lives would collide
On an ill-fated night each child takes a ride
To a place where death and despair do not hide

The child of wealth from the most elite side of town
The poor child from a house broken down
Both wearing a familiar frown

In different crowds they mix
Now searching for the man with the bag of tricks
Each wanting a quick fix

Never expecting their paths to cross
Each trying to deal with the drug boss
Never knowing soon all will be lost

They hear police sirens and start to run
It looks as though one may have a gun
Never again will they see the sun

Shots ring out to their surprise
Neither child being very wise
Snuffing out their young lives

As they lie on this dismal street
Each dying, their eyes meet
While their blood intertwines running past their feet

They search each other’s eyes
Remembering their parents’ lies
Each hearing the other’s whispered cries

Each child was not yet a man
This should not have been life’s plan
A dying hand reaching for dying hand

No one ever knew they had so much to share
Their parents were never there
And their loneliness was too much to bear

Lives of Misery

Sally Omar

Joined January 2008

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