This poem by Anna is about the judgements we make without realising.
You walk on by and do not see
Yet I’ve been here for years.
The ones that look don’t really see.
They walk on by ignoring me.
I have a story, a reason why this has happened to me.
But you walk on by not wanting to see.
I shrink and try to go unnoticed.
I know your eyes are judging me.
You sometimes throw me money.
Yet won’t sit, take time to get to know me.
Then a crowd walks by.
Shouting, abusing, trying to intimidate me.
But I stand up strong.
You won’t trivialise me.
The streets are my home.
I belong here like you.
YOU’RE NO BETTER THAN ME.
Yet you walk on by and do not see.