side by side

side by side

A Poem by luviva

this is about the inequality that is in the world...


side by side,

we live side by side..

i try to see life from your side...

but i cant..


the only thing i see

is inequality..

while i live i total poverty

you live in complete luxury


while i struggle to find

what to feed my family..

you are planning on what your

pet dog will have for it's fourth meal


while i scrap my pot for the leftovers

from yesterday's lunch/supper

to feed my self before setting off

to search for the day's food..

your emptying your pans of leftovers from

yesterday's dinner.


thats life, i still live

and you still live...

as i count how many years

 to my 40th birthday

you are counting how many

years to your 80th


as i pray for the miraculous cure

of my child's illness...(on local herbs)

your's is down on a sickbed..

with all the facilities available


but all in all, am not angry

am still happy, i live life just like anyone..

am happy because i go to bed and

be able to wake up...

but you are not happy, the day when you

receive less money than you expected

from your business, you curse life..


the only question i have..

 why is the world so unequal?

inequality prevails everywhere,

in every single system...

but i still smile.. no matter what.

© 2012 luviva

Author's Note

this goes out to all of us... u see someone struggle.. help out, we r no different!

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I agree, and I have learned in my days to give, even when i hold little. I love this and the message behind it. There are impoverished people all over the world. I went, Sunday, from volunteering at a local food bank, handing out holiday baskets, to my church where we packed 15000 rice and lentil meals for the Dominican Republic. From local to around the world there are people in need and if everyone would give a little, the face of hunger would change.........

Posted 7 Years Ago


7 Years Ago

absolutely ryt and i love your giving spirit... we should learn to share the little we have..!! than.. read more
beautiful poem, very thought provoking

Posted 7 Years Ago


7 Years Ago

Wow. This was a spectacular poem. So much empathy and truth and grace shown. If only more people in the world would understand this the world would be a much better place.

Posted 7 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


7 Years Ago

absolutely ryt.. en thanxx for reading en reviewing
nicely done... appreciated the message of this piece

Posted 7 Years Ago


7 Years Ago

thank you sooo much... 4 reading en reviewing
subtle yet effective, flowed nicely too

Posted 7 Years Ago


7 Years Ago

Truly this is a poem with a great theme. I give this a thumbs up.

Posted 7 Years Ago


7 Years Ago

thanxx kyle..:)
I like this poem a lot! It does have a message for todays 1st world! Thanks for posting!

Posted 7 Years Ago


7 Years Ago

thanxxx for reading and reviewing

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7 Reviews
Added on October 13, 2012
Last Updated on October 28, 2012
Tags: love, empathy, help, perseverance, endurance, determination



KENT, Gillingham , United Kingdom

I am me... but further more, I am fundraising for TEARFUND a christian charity organisation working with local churches in deprived areas to create everlasting change. TEARFUND has patterned with .. more..


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