social commentary

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

Leigh Fisher15 hours ago
Value
your actions show you think that I’m nothing clearer than a thousand words could tell. I could keep writing about you wasting my words on you but in your eyes I am not worth your time, your courtesy, ...
Mike Whaley15 hours ago
Divided Culture
Our culture became divided, we got pushed to one side, they took away traditions, they took away our pride. Appeasement, we were told, is the only way. We listened to the Libralist they told us what w...
Jane Udochi20 hours ago
Color
Why can’t I be like that look like that laugh like that what happened, why do I have to be so different It is easy for them to smile, to laugh not worry about misjudgment or doubt society accepts them...
Pastel Coloured Dreams
How did we get to this place we said we wouldn’t? To this place we surely knew we shouldn’t. Eerie and damp is the boneyard of dreams. Where our palates run grey with monotony and our hands red with t...
Joy Ergang3 days ago
I Am Human
I am human! Perfectly imperfect. I stand up for what I believe in, and there’s going to be people that get offended for me speaking out. I’m not the sweet, innocent girl people want me to be any more....
r. nuñez4 days ago
Ballad in a Bottle
What kind of darkness compels a person to consider jumping off a ledge? In this story, it doesn’t really matter. This is a story with a dark subject, and it tells of the onlookers gazing up, but also ...
Women
Women Strong or Broken People look at each other in judgement of another individual life and the way they chose to live Everyone’s path is not the same yet some frown upon the choices you produce They...
Chardas Always4 days ago
What Are True Emotions?
I see smiles I see joy My mind makes me wonder Are these true emotions? I see toil I see pain Is our reward... our devotion? I think out loud I see the perfect nation broken Their screams ring in my e...
Ecarg Nosive7 days ago
Depression’s Truth
You get to the point where nothing at all matters. Not your passions, your progress, you, people who love you, what could be, nothing. Nothing alters your mind when you reach that point. People always...
Janice Page7 days ago
Just Me
Have you ever felt like your life was out of your hands? Like everyone around you controlled it for you? Always controlling the way you act and how to dress and what you say. Going through life depres...
Happy Faith 8 days ago
22
She goes by 22 2 degrees by 22, and community college diploma A job at a non-profit helping youth plan life beyond their eyes. She goes by 22 Funding was cut, which obviously sucked but, she pushed th...
Tomorrow Needs You
"move," they say. "you are not a tree." but it is because of the trees i breathe. "brighten up," they say. "there is no reason to be blue." but you cannot remove the ocean from man. "i give up," they ...
To Be a King for a Day
What must it be like To live in a world Where you are king Where you are treated With respect and dignity Without having to fight for it A world where you can look at a woman Even say a flirtatious co...
Janice Page9 days ago
Same but Different
You care about your boyfriend and mother all the time. But what about me? I’m surprised you haven’t forgotten about me I’m like a servant; doing all the dirty work I know you are tight on money but ho...
Trump's Statue of Authority
Trump’s Statue of Authority Like the brazen giant of Orange fame, with conquering limbs atop groping, tiny hands; Here at his seaside, elitist Florida gates he shall stand, and Lord over you all. Sile...
Anarda Nashai10 days ago
The Mildew of Guilt
too many things have happened lots of them have fallen they are shorter, and they have swollen they have taken my chosen and apt commitment for wine-tasting —and there goes my fun-loving sweet tooth —...
Andrew Wilson10 days ago
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Amanda Zylstra10 days ago
Telephone Therapy
Talking to strangers on the phone for hours for cash payment. I grew up with my mom running an illegal psychic network with her as the only employee. She received cash and checks in the mail for her t...