social commentary

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

Henri Jacoban hour ago
Riot!
We wrote a letter after he died We made t-shirts as memorial We began a social media campaign We asked the murders to take an eye exam We called our neighbors and formed a cop watch No one heard us Ou...
Ryan McDonagh2 hours ago
Rusty Shoulders
Do you have the time? Climbing up to sigh Could you have known? Your ego’s not alone Not this time Many things are said Whack, your brains a mess You don’t make much sense Glad to have paid your debt ...
Sally Ann Slight17 hours ago
Question to Yogi SAS... Is There Anything Spiritual (In a Negative Way) About Consuming Alcohol?
Yogi SAS REPLY... okay, it's okay... it's all learning about what you like and do not like... it is all comparison... you are alive and scared you stepped out a little too far over the edge... you are...
Ryan McDonagh19 hours ago
First Thoughts
Hi, I’m here to be judged Not putting it all out there Only the pieces time can age Which, pressure is added As time ages all But instead of judgment seeming bitter Take pride in it all Knowing that t...
Isaac Challisa day ago
Verbal Diarrhea
It’s only for a bit of fun, So I hope you pardon my pun. I have a slight issue, you see, unfortunately involving my tongue. I really ought to elaborate some more, I have much vocabulary through my bac...
A Lack of Lactose in Me
Growing up, I didn't grow much. Physically, I mean. As a 5'1" Southeast Asian-Canadian, I've dealt with many comparisons made by my parents. These comparisons were about my appearance; I was shorter t...
-A.N.L a day ago
Expectation and Demise
Expectation and demise Two concepts that go hand in hand. One is born from love and hope, The other from the victim's hands. Let’s not forget perfection, The mother of this troublesome union. The one ...
Rowan Finleya day ago
The Distraction Box
They self-medicated with it. They worshipped it. They used it to tune out the noise in their heads. They knew it better than they knew themselves. They prized it above their loved ones. They loved it ...
J. Apolloa day ago
The Steady Saint
It’s tough sometimes trying to refill your own cup of positivity When no one else but you is there to pour or hold your cup steady It’s tiring when you’ve poured all your positivity into those less th...
Lenora Huỳnh2 days ago
La Crème de la Kem
Inspired by the idioms, la crème de la crème and the cream of the crop, I incorporated them into my poetry as a way to convey the popularity of flan. Both of these idioms are used to describe somethin...
Elisha Cutter2 days ago
Voicebox/No Evil
It gets hard to speak up when you are exhausted, You pray that you kill all the demons with love and kindness. I try to learn all of my mistakes and lessons from the past experiments, radiations that ...
Megan Merrill2 days ago
If I Were in Charge of the World
If I were in charge of the world I'd cancel snow that fell upon anything but mountains, Sleepless nights lain awake in frustration, The need to get ready; you'd be ready at all times. And also water a...
Megan Merrill3 days 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'...
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 Merrill3 days 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 Merrill3 days 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...
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...