social commentary

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

Lex's Lair2 days ago
Like Them
Maybe it's 'cause I'm not pretty, like them I have crooked glasses and bitten nails. My hair is brown. Brown like my eyes and pieces of shit. My lips are chapped and my cheeks red like wine. Maybe tha...
Leigh Fisher2 days ago
In Defense of Instapoetry
There's a massive divide in the poetry community between the traditional methods of publishing poetry versus the more modern avenues. While there are more and more people who are finding the happy mid...
Lana Broussard3 days ago
Centers
It is never advisable to put the dinosaurs in the pen with the goats I try explaining this to Nora, her hazel eyes wide dark hair streaming shoes gleaming, equipped with flashing lights too her small ...
Lana Broussard3 days ago
What They Learn In School
She was rhythm with ringlets daring girl a dynamo inside denim leggings mischievous and head-on bold eyes lined in black noir hot sauce on a stormy night. “What's that sub's name, Miss Brussel Sprouts...
Purgatory Is a Park
Alioto Park is the 9th wonder of the world. Its name derives from a family with mob ties. Sicilian royalty. Joesph Alito almost became the city's sole beneficiary. The park is more relic than reality....
Lorrie Melanin3 days ago
Society
The American Dream What is the American Dream? A Dream that those outside are simply longing to live They long to live While some inside are trying to live Living off the scraps of society Expressing ...
Mishandling Mishaps
the good guys lose the bad guys choose the world hangs in a noose teachers with guns guarding playground fun youth is valuable until it's taken by one good guys kill its the bad guys thrill sending go...
Em E. Lee4 days ago
Evolutionary Divergence
We were walking home when I realized she was probably an alien. Not needing to be from space, or from this universe or galaxy. I just knew, after looking back at her face, her mouth, her walk, her min...
Matthew Mikituk5 days ago
Delusional Disorder (1000110001)
The busy workings of a humans intellect The combined beliefs of pyramidic prime Easily allow the elitist primes to deflect The bottom scale of pyramidic to climb Always one wonders why history repeat ...
Manasi Kochhar5 days ago
Here Today
Dear lawmakers all over the world, this one is for you. I'm not a political statement. You do not get to regulate me to become popular. You do not get to tell me what I can and cannot do with my body,...
Lana Broussard6 days ago
Tardy at Lunch
Out we go from the stoic, red brick school it's 1920 doors creaking on brass hinges now yawning open housing scholars for almost a hundred years We breathe high school now freed for thirty minutes mor...
We Lose Ourselves
We lose ourselves trying to reach for "better things," When we should have been watering the grass where we stood. Our own actions and choices reflect on how our life will ride out. We'll tell ourselv...
The Chains of Time
There’s a feeling It is mystical and free It is a feeling of the blowing wind Running waters The humbling sea A spiritual fluidity Expression of running far and fast There isn’t a destination Forward ...
I Love Myself
Since the age of 11 I’ve been haunted by September 11 Innocence taken away through brainwashing airwaves Slaves to a TV set I learned not to expect An open hand But to accept open hands To trust the f...
Fall of Arrogance
He had a way with his words And sang all of the right chords But for his one little flaw He would have been held in awe See, he had this addiction Maybe more an affliction He could not go just one day...
Ausaru 8 days ago
Routes to your Roots
From canopy to soil We grow with the intention to never soil our soul Til we’re sold screens that screen us from the world Stripping away the bark we grew ourselves To protect us from our world A world full this, that, and decisions Trying to pull back from incisions Being chopped down for others revisions Never seek the tree of life Til your the strongest tree in your life Only then will light grow your roots And the sun will shine to light your route Meaning: Our conscious and subconscious abs...
Does It Take a Miracle?
Does it take a miracle? You have a hundred and one dreams that make you hungry for more than you possess right now, but you’ve also got to work to afford yourself the means that permit you to not worr...
Weekend Hell
Blank faces staring at the wall, Lost looks of despair on almost all. Granny doing puzzles on her knee, Not enough tables for us all, you see. A Dad on his phone watching Game of Thrones, A Mum lookin...