Photo by Stephan Rosger.
The Downtown Eastside
When I first got down here, it was a complete and total scare.
But now I realize that, that judgement was unjust and unfair
Once I got to know some people from the streets,
They are nicer and friendlier from overcoming incredible feats.
I used to consider myself better than any of them
Until I hit a rock bottom, somewhere that I've never been
That's when I realized down here I'm accepted no matter what
People will house and feed you, without expecting a cut.
I know there is a lot of heartache and pain
But how I deal with that was once part of my game.
Holding onto what little hope, I feel, I have left
I was taught to hold my head high, and give it my best
Now I've been staying completely clean of all hard drugs and hate
Now I have a good life and can easily fulfill my fate.
I couldn't do this out of the Downtown Eastside
Believe me location wasn't the issue, moving doesn't help, I've tried.
I really do believe I was brought down here for a reason
Because I got out, my addiction is at the end of its season
I now need need to help those who want the help to quit
In this big scary world, I now know where I fit
The Downtown Eastside is my home I don't wanna move
I know where I'm happy, I've got the Eastside groove.
Misty-Lee Davis participates in Megaphone's community writing workshop.