social commentary

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

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Irimar Garcia8 hours ago
Tilling the Land
Picking up the heavy hoe, Lilith walks in a straight line, muscles contracting with every step and thrust of the hoe, all her efforts spent on tilling the land before her father arrives. Over her head...
Media
Dear Media you are a superpower, You are so influential and you have a power, Power to influence, Power to change, Power to shake, Power to integrate, Power to rate, But you should know one thing, Why...
Micah Davidson2 days ago
Caged Bird Singing
I was trying to find happiness in my captivity like a caged bird singing melodies of pain With her puffed breast I must confess she’s given into her shame She answers to Tweety she’s has embraced her ...
prachi singhal2 days ago
Rolling Dice
Dice has six chance choices But I have only four, four Directions. I don't know which path I should follow I want to take risks I want to rewrite my life, Change my destiny. Life is rolling dice I don...
Bethany Ashlyn3 days ago
A Click of a Camera
With just a click of a camera You can capture a moment for life A frozen piece of time so natural Sometimes a smile hiding the strife Fake a moment that never was For others to admire and love We stri...
Its complicated3 days ago
Potential Love
I saw the Jay Z in him But had to get pass the Beanie Segal in him. I fell for the Babyface in him, But his Robin Williams in him made it hard to Beyonce him. So he thought I was tryna Kardashian him....
dee 4 days ago
Haiku Week #1
MONDAY: Bendy-straws are rad; Then you accidentally stab your freaking eye ball. TUESDAY: A pixel dino. Internet signal desert. Got a new high score. WEDNESDAY: Opened my window To take in the fresh a...
Monique Star4 days ago
United No Matter What
Are you a shrub or flora? Fruit or vegetation? Planned or wild? Regardless, roots will never change That we're all pieces of this chaparral That ceases to be bound by one label. As much as we're naturally drawn To the nice warmth and light that accepts us, It seems we're also drawn together By the cold from those who freeze plants into withering Or tear the poor souls from the ground up. We try to fertilize each other With discouragement of the actions committed And wishes on stars that another ...
The Social Media Phenomenon
Why... why am I following everyone else? That conveyor belt slowly shifts with the same made up selfie people Who... who am I to judge? It's simple... it is what it is So let me live In my own bid for...
Zhaii Rodney5 days ago
An Ode to My Skin
An ode to my skin Oh skin you shine bright Like a million stardust in the sky Your beauty extends further than my mind can comprehend You remind me of river stones Smooth to the touch and to your very...
CD Turner5 days ago
Condemned to Life
You think this is easy for me? The week I found out, I cried For days at a time, I lied To everyone, said I'm fine, But inside, a part of me died. You think this is easy for me? My parents are already...
Migdalia Torres6 days ago
Sinful Woman
Hey Woman Sinner Do not follow your Winnings Because of everything in this Life While time is running out Beauty lasts for all so long Your Wrinkles are now lurking and visible And if you do not have ...
There Are Levels to This
You don't know me yet. As a matter of fact this may be the first time that we have met. Unaware of my existence until this image has spilled across your screen, in whatever creative way that it has cr...
Rowan Finley7 days ago
Demons and Darlings
What kind of lies are you believing? What kind of thoughts are you perceiving? Who's coercing your hand to do that thing? Who's the one, who, another lie, will surely bring? Be careful what you watch ...
CD Turner8 days ago
In Darkness, I Weep for You
An ordinary day Transformed to hell in minutes In darkness, I mourn I weep for you. Rage spun from hate Will not delay their fate In darkness, I mourn I weep for you. May your gods offer comfort And y...
Ben Parker8 days ago
A Poem for Daughters
Though this mind flows like waterfalls This river is not drinking water Save these words For your daughter Just because they're selling makeup Doesn't mean you have to buy it Just because boys demand ...
Ben Parker8 days ago
International Women's Day Poem
Every girl I know has been sexually harassed They should be complimented Instead they're attacked Most guys shrug it off The first way they react But for me that's not right Because it's time to face ...
Nikki X8 days ago
Ghetto Cries
The ghetto cry was left unnoticed. As the shots were fired in the streets of Chicago. Watch the blood pour and seeth through the cracks of the sidewalks. The family of the victim was left in shock. Th...