social commentary

There's a rich history of poetry serving as social commentary, intended to inspire calls to action.

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Lifeblood
Well, you’re not making True the idea Of altruism If you don’t let the Homeless sleep in your Bed. Open your home To any vagrant, Needy person who Yearns for sustenance. Is this too extreme? It’s not ...
Gillette Thomas14 hours ago
1911.45 ACP
Everyday I walk past you, your smile so warm others attract you. It's almost contagious, your smile, so radiant. The happy kid, practically skipping to 6th. 6th period was algebra we always had fun. I...
Sixto Lopez2 days ago
Seeds and Weeds
When I was a young boy I dreamt of touching fluffy clouds. Dancing in the busy streets. Standing out among the crowds. But, as fate would have it, life is full of many weeds. Except for some special m...
nick jackhass2 days ago
The End
The End the earth is shaking waves are swelling people are dying radiation is leaking the world is ending can't you see you and me have reached the end of our destinies the end is nigh it's time to di...
Aundrea Mcguire2 days ago
The Reason
A love like no other A love between parents and a daughter A bond so sweet So strong and deep A mother so fierce A father so proud A daughter so pure And a love that will last forever Until she got ol...
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The Ladder
You swabbed that deck ‘til It shon a fine sheen. You then took to the Fryer like a five Star chef, even if you just salted the French fries. But you knew That you would then work The register. Once Yo...
Grace Kidder2 days ago
Another Day, Another Headline
Another day, another headline, Another city seared into our souls. Another shooter, another gun, Another list of names never going home. We have drills to protect us from Mother Nature, But no one eve...
Honest as the Day
I woke up Skid through the day, Smiled at a child, Came home. I sat with my wife, Told her everything was fine. It was silent. I woke up, Made it through the day, Hugged my mother-in-law, Came home. I...
[White Noise]
White noise That’s all it takes to hurt and harm black girls and boys. We live in a time where People of Color are stressing, Down on our knees, asking God for a blessing To get us out of this mess th...
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The idea of happiness. The idea of happiness tends to be nonexistent to many, because everyone is in this great need of approval to validate their existence without taking in consideration what they’r...
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Shooting Funds
The Treasury’s own Policy is like A money gun. It Spits out currency Not to enhance the Economy, but Alter it somehow. This remains only The hallmark of a Country that wants to Be mixed. It seeks to Be free and controlled. Freeing up the realm Of monetary Conditions allows The nation to know The freedom to live. To right the office Of the Treasury Would usher in a Time of liberty That would permit the Lowest beggar on The corner to see Opportunities To gain wealthiness. So as bureaucrats Mess wi...
White Paternalism
My father was born with a name we cannot pronounce. Because we have been stripped of our language and culture. Naked under the thin layers of wooden monstrosities, charging through the waters which ha...
Megan Wells3 days ago
Hard As
Hard as Nails buried deep Within wood Ignoring the weight of The hammer Holding furniture together For years Rusting but Never snapping Hard as Cold logic no one can disprove Even after years of Toili...
Kenya Burton3 days ago
Rising Tides
We've been drowning here for a long time. But it took awhile for people to notice. There was no murky waters or unrelenting waves, it was the silent slaughterer named discrimination. Unaging and uncha...
Kenya Burton3 days ago
The Way I Was Made
I am 1 in 4. Not 1 in 4 to rebel against my parents and dye my hair a crazy color. Or 1 in 4 to be eaten by a shark I am 1 in 4 under the age of 18 to be raised without a father. I am also a woman. An...
Breeding War Machines
Sssshhh come closer child do dare I have to whisper in your ear Don't believe anything you see Or anything you hear They're trying to hypnotize me As well as you dear They put it everywhere we be All ...
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Keen Viewpoints
It’s good to know the Proper way to look At the market. The Best thing to do is To see it as a Philosophical Formation. From the Metaphysical To the aesthetic, One should activate One’s mind and seek ...
Michael Berry4 days ago
6 Billion
6 Billion people, nigh on seven. Pray that there’s room on ascension to heaven. Better yet beg that our ephemeral motions, abluvial needs, antediluvial notions, fears stricken ‘pon coats cast of cast-...