social commentary

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

Stephanie Paniagua15 hours ago
Pine
The weather has failed to spare brumal intensity my acquaintances at ease, the pretty of their greens waning with the distant, passing wind However, short-lived, the atmosphere was breached as my trun...
Megan Merrill16 hours ago
Sometimes
It's hard for me to fall asleep at night. And this makes me want to ferociously rip my hair out. I am mildly dishonest when someone asks me how I'm doing. somethings are better kept as secrets. I can'...
Stephanie Paniagua16 hours ago
Tomorrow
Imagine being conceived for 9 months provided with most of the demands in Maslow's hierarchy of needs caressed unconditionally despite the conflicts trained with all the necessary life skills raised a...
Megan Merrill16 hours ago
They Always Find Their Way Back to You
Dreams are one of my most favorite things. I think that's why I like sleeping in. Or maybe it's just because I'm lazy. But I like to think it's because I don't want to miss that moment between sleep a...
Megan Merrill17 hours ago
Las Vegas
A city of unknown. Blistering as the noon day sun. Constant is the searing heat that bakes the innocent ground. Death lurks around every corner, sulks on each street. Everything is dry, the life choke...
CH
Catherine Hill18 hours ago
When I Was Thirteen
When I was thirteen, perhaps You lay down upon me Saw the stretching growth, curvature of my stomach And named the skin, fat Tracing the score of my breasts, dainty floral fabric like a drifting polle...
All Black Lives
BlackLivesMatter. “No, all lives matter!!” Sure, All Black Lives Matter. See y'all stay pressed when Black folks feel blessed and comfortable in their own skin. Y'all cry out, “BLACK WHITE BINARY” I s...
Rosella Walker20 hours ago
Folded Over
Crate Paper Folded-- Over, over, over. Hiding here, Words unspoken--felt just the same, Tucked in these creases, Sewn syllables stitched, Delicate fountain ink. Written unashamed. Every intention good...
Dora Bona20 hours ago
A Cyber-Curse on Bank Managers
Your computer screen will turn blue when asked for details of my account. With every re-boot you’ll feel annoyance rise, and frustration mount. On the fourth attempt, a fatal error message will appear...
Jonnell L20 hours ago
We Save Six Feet
Brandon uses his sharp shovel hits root & runs through it shifts bark & dirt, rebounds & rings when rock is struck. He doesn't go too deep today. Doesn't need to. Instead thinks about the missing towe...
Juliet Lochrin21 hours ago
Our Race
Running and running Away from The Thought I fear it in life It makes me distraught Like sludge the weight slips Like a chemise off me I do not like running ‘Though t’once filled me with glee A coffee,...
Carrie Morana day ago
Nine Pairs (Needled)
Today I would say a four to five (relief) No, some days it’s close to ten (memory) I don’t like to take pharmaceuticals (trepidation) It was mainly for the depression (symptom) This weekend I had a da...
Alanis Sophiaa day ago
What Does It Mean?
Why are we here? What is our meaning? Is it to graze each other's backs, thinking: she's my other half; but wait, society tells me I am not a half. Is it to watch the sunrise and then paint it, with e...
feral kenyona day ago
Those That Move Me
To the poets I’ve never met – the ones with blood in the ink used to cause literary havoc this is my ode to you To the fae prince who makes me think all women born of tears, wine, and fire will find s...
Sharon Nicolea day ago
Sliced
It’s a pain that starts from the outside but spreads within, The doors between her legs are now closed from sin, Her scream is like the other two million girls, silenced like a dropped pin, She's told...
Kz Martina day ago
Archangel with a Gun
Angel in the valley of death, foggy street lights and the sun that has made its bed. Walking along with red coat velvet, no intention for danger. Grayscale lenses. Precious fists surrounded with roses...
Kz Martina day ago
Womanhood
Womanhood you are a rose. Slowly blooming full Ovary for Ovary The birth giver of whole First steps as a petiole, use as a pedal Beginning mistakes wing out like sepals Eggs fertile, sit as ovules Fem...
Roz Small2 days ago
America, I Have Been There
I’ve been there, America My very status as a citizen is stained with America’s history; But I come here today to say I’ve been there America My beginnings were humble I fought and battled to find and ...