social commentary

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

Monique Star3 minutes ago
Ground Rules
You're not supposed to struggle. You're not supposed to cry. You're not supposed to disobey. Yes, you're different from others, Yes, your views are different from mine, But, you're only allowed to contain their rainbows And not the rain that coexists with them. You're not supposed to feel discomfort. You're not supposed to forget. You're not supposed to rebel. Yes, you can have emotions, Yes, you can be smart, Yes, you can have a great memory, But, you can't be comfortable toward those who aren'...
Andreas Parker2 hours ago
Diabetic Inequality
I have a hope That one day all cookies will be seen as equals Inherent delectability down to each crumb For too long have those with hearts of oat and raisin been kept below their sugary brethren For ...
Aijalon Oliver21 hours ago
Modern Apathy
Indifference is the new black. We lack interest in, concern in, And sympathy for others. Where blood once had flowed, Selfishness now runs through our veins. You are what you do— And the way you shrug...
Yannick Taylor21 hours ago
I Am a Melanated Memoir
My melanin tells a story. My melanin holds history. For centuries my melanin has been the backbone of civilization. Since the dawn of time, my melanin has created, discovered, and recovered. My Melani...
A. R. Ambrosi21 hours ago
Hamberder Shutdown
Fear and uncertainty Hang heavy on the air Like pollution Clogging the lungs Of industry When does it end The days drag on Reason is shut down Order is in ruin Everything that once was Is now gone Fad...
Jane Smith3 days ago
To a City of Sanctuary
Refugees seeking refuge Asylum Seekers seeking asylum Over mountains and deserts Over rivers and seas You seek somewhere Somewhere safe A refuge A place of safety You find somewhere I am sorry It is d...
Monique Star4 days ago
A.I. (Autistic Individual)
Everyone is different, But some of us have a common fear, That everyone else is a normal reindeer, And we're just Rudolph. I know how that feels. Some struggle with trust, Some have different sensorie...
Monique Star5 days ago
Freedom to Choose
“Gender roles are the worst kind of bread” Heard about a new diner down the block. My son and I slash through crowds And find a small windowed booth Which seemed painted with coal Amongst groups of colorful groups of gemmed people. As we gaze at our menus, Our choices slice away my brain My son keeps scanning down, My ears and eyes scatter And come back with reports Of adults playing “second brain” By flowing spit rivers of He’ll have the G.I. Joe, extra Axe. She wants the Barbie ala princess. C...
Andrew Wilson5 days ago
Sonnets 22
John Fenton Directing the college in my first year At St Chad's you cut a striking figure, Your mane of white hair well-known. Without fear You ran the ship with kindness and vigor. Theologians know y...
Monique Star5 days ago
The Pain and Struggle Within
“Happy Little Pill” brings color to the skies of many. As an alien with less strength than the Man of Steel, And a zombie with the vision of the wrong corpse, Instead of the sight creating the path of magic, I see why Chris Daughtry says that good is as endangered as the bald eagle Which leads to the brief escapes Troye Sivan documents. I know that some are accidental paintings, I know some would question their purpose, However, they're unable to wash themselves away. They are marked with millio...
Luz Lopez5 days ago
Not Safe
Where did it go wrong? Have you noticed how everything is changed?what happened? I ask myself over and over again. Kids used to be able to play outside “Simon says," “hide and seek” or any other game....
Monique Star6 days ago
Message from Pathos
Is this thing on? Hi. I'm the emotions. The mask was getting suffocating. The weight from the label of weakness May have kept me from showing myself, But a tower of feelings Can't stand without realit...
Monique Star6 days ago
The World's Need for Color
A melting pot. Isn't this an intended vision of America? Diversity. Colorful. Filled with possibilities. Exploding with voices. The world is meant to contain all. Multiple dreams that can build hope f...
Monique Star7 days ago
Who Saves Superman?
What does it mean to be a hero? What are the true colors of strength, When it's shown as passing through obstacles Without a scratch across the S on your chest? Superman shows all strengths to save th...
Andrew Wilson12 days ago
Sonnets 21
Contact Lost Death has taken some good friends from my sight, Above all, John Jones and Dr Hilmi. The latter hailed from Kurdistan, the site Of his birth Sulaymaniyah, to me A place exotic. A fine sci...
Alvin Ellis13 days ago
Social Justice Poem
Justices Injustice Heat from the gun still burns his skull Work together they say It might be fun but it seems more problems arise We're all the same people But we are all different people Different b...
Deb Moon14 days ago
These Lives We Live
We are marked from the day we are born in sharp blues and gentle pinks / branded with the hot rim of societies iron / On the subway a girl is yelled at by her father for being too loud and bossy while...
Fancy Parties
Beautiful dresses. Enchanting music. Idle chit chat. Rich foods and odd drinks. The labyrinth of my brain is now a Country road With no inhabitants but music, fashion, and the weather. I enchant and e...