social commentary

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

Rowan Finley8 days ago
And-Bing-E-Was-His-Name-O
I felt excited but tired and sleepy at the same time. It would be so easy to slip into the kitchen and just eat something. Bing eating was fun and terrible. Exhilarating and embarrassing. It filled a ...
Rowan Finley9 days ago
If Only I Had Abs
If only I had abs... everyone would stop and stare. If only I had abs... I sure would feel rare! If only I had abs... I'd look so great on the beach. If only I had abs... my girlfriend would cling to ...
Rowan Finley9 days ago
Successful Palms
Some rose up fast Others took on a slower pace The dice was cast Some were holding onto an ace Degrees meant little or muchThey would grow and brag Their lack of experience was often a crutch None of ...
Midas Grace11 days ago
Safe Space, Safe Place
Is there a safe space, a safe place For people like you and I? I am the poster child of broken hearts and broken homes So don't be confused when I have nowhere to run and hide Is it possible for me to...
Aliza Dube13 days ago
The Girl on the Webcam
It takes me a minute to recognize you To remember that you are mine. Your image flickers and lags over the computer screen. I am speechless, I don’t know where to look My face hurts from smiling too t...
Blaise Terese15 days ago
The Uninvited
Is sepulchral evolved anatomy buried in the depths of me? Is empty fashioned cavity and damned from all Divinity? Zelda gave advice to me await your wonders quietly a passive win of power play be the ...
Migdalia Torres16 days ago
Sometimes
Sometimes I Scare Myself Sometimes I laugh out loud Sometimes I talk to Myself and feel very Proud, but the best times are yet when I will speak aloud for The Voters to come Crowds will gather up in a...
fluky lee16 days ago
The Loop
There’s this moment in life, which scares you the most. After some time, back to life and you think it won’t happen again but you were wrong *bam* there this very big scary moment that scares you to t...
Migdalia Torres17 days ago
What If
LIFESTYLE POEM
Caroline Pereira18 days ago
WoMAN
Made of the same base The only tweak is just one part Yeah, it’s more than just the heart So why do we not feel like equals When we do the same thing Work. play. laugh. love. pray. She’s a woman they ...
Kiersten Fox19 days ago
What Is It Good For?
Wars do not combust without warning. They begin as little fires over the horizon. The threat of violence, diplomacy, it mops up war's spillages- gives the strong state means to impose its will. Wars a...
Janielle Lecia19 days ago
Black and White
I am black and white Never relevant Never at the bottom or at the top Like a blacksheep I am an outcast A hybrid and a mixed breed Got the worst nickname Yet I am unseen. We are black and white Our op...
Catalina Grace19 days ago
The Mechanics of Life
As I fall deeper into the void society calls “life” I have noticed a few things The periodic feel of the days, weeks, months, years It all becomes a blur Society is confining our creativity It takes i...
Jason A19 days ago
Do Not You Simply Fall in Line?
Do not you simply fall in line? Is it education that has made you blind? Born into a cult of deceit So back into its arms you retreat Airwaves tell us our “truth” and all is bleak But it’s not the ans...
Kiersten Fox20 days ago
'Why Do We Need Sexual Assault Awareness?'
Because we walk in groups to look less vulnerable. Because we can't wear what we look good in; it makes us look easy. Because pepper spray is as much of a back-to-school essential as pencils. Because ...
Rowan Finley20 days ago
Pay Check to Pay Check
A cash advance? This wild money dance. Pay check to pay check. Feeling like a wreck. Sick of the grind. Just wanna free the mind. A drink would be nice. Cannot afford the price. How to cope? Symbolic ...
Lenora Huỳnh21 days ago
Bánh Mì Is the Epitome of Me
Macaronic language is employed in this piece, to articulate the mixture of languages that can be present within works of text. My primary artistic intentions are to create metaphors for the multilingual nature of second-generation Vietnamese-Canadians, and to portray the feeling of in-betweenness that arises from code-switching. By fusing text with visual media in my poem, I aim to comment on how language can be invoked to illustrate identity. Further, by introducing bánh mì into my work, I expl...
Lenora Huỳnh21 days ago
Before the Rice Plant Becomes
There is an undeniable parallel between the history of rice and skin colour. It reminds us that darkness equates to filth, and this is stems from classism. Brown rice had a history of being cheap pig food. Evidently, it became unfathomable for humans to consider eating something meant for a farm animal.White rice symbolizes wealth. Fair skin symbolizes wealth. It implies that the woman has never had to work hard. An outdated perspective of course, but the notion that fair skin is desirable, is s...