social commentary

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

Joe Kinga month ago
Lyrical Verse
Bearded Woman/Funhouse Blues/Seoul Buffet
Tiffany Harrya month ago
Head Out
Head Out Stars are singeing and falling. Evil is blossoming Animals are dying Soldiers are fighting Values are dead Bad images fill my head World has changed Protestors are screaming While the Preside...
Joe Kinga month ago
The Carnival
Carnal Carnage Carnival July Fourth, 1981 it was a hot summer day at the carnival Cardboard, caramel popcorn and cheap flavored ice A young child is swallowed into the mouth of a funhouse Round and ro...
Joe Kinga month ago
The Devil in the Night
I am like the great caged, tamed lion dying in the bitter loneliness of Being & exist like bowled goldfish trapped inside its underwater world or by my mere incoherent words drowning in myself Spit in...
Joe Kinga month ago
Old-Time Radio and the Mercury Theater
I want to tell you about Old-time Radio and the Mercury Theater it comes out over the airwaves cold & drone w/ scripted precision & sound effects cheesy & hard not to believe some called him cruel in ...
Christopher Simsa month ago
A Poetic Ode to Nipsey Hussle
All you Wanted Was a better world for your people, your hood, access to what is wholesome, and good. Access to healthy foods, knowledge, and information is what you knew we of the darker hue deserved....
Joe Kinga month ago
Alone
Alone I yawn and create a parody song About a girl I used to know She was a star of a freak show She's in you She's in me Her name is Comedy clown clown clown clown clown clown all fall down Car door ...
Joe Kinga month ago
Cruel Words
A man writes words into a notebook in his room, pages and then crumbles them up and burns them away The smoke lingers on into night Ghost clowns stare and smell these words, which will enter into the ...
Joe Kinga month ago
Bewilderment
The trust is in this digest This minute bewilderment has slowly lobotomized the maddened Visitors. And now for the cold sip. I'm tired of drinking. I want the old school to reinvent this comedic rule....
Joe Kinga month ago
Ode to Andy Kaufman, Deceased?
Poor Andy dead and gone Left us here to sing-a-long Foreign little man with a neck brace on... Poor Andy dead and gone I’m a follower of your new reality They’ve just picked me to play The King of Foo...
Joe Kinga month ago
The Old Horse Laughs
Comedy is at once fruit and a vegetable, like a rotten tomato thrown in the face. Parody is the answer. The old horse laughs like some crazed jester Come, won't you, come inside deeper inside my mind ...
My Thoughts on Being a Racist?
As I sip my morning coffee... Stop falling for the Willie Bobo. There's a saying black people can't be racist. Unfortunately, I am a black person who makes racist comments, which has shown me I have b...
Joe Kinga month ago
The Day Is Born
I painted the canvas black using burnt cork to show what I see inside my head when I close my eyes The Day is born & ripe to jest I can't divulge what's in the chest She'll wonder of this strange dige...
Joe Kinga month ago
On the Boardwalk
People Walk hand in hand Smiles Sunlight Shining Beaches Ocean Breeze Salt water Taffy a baby cries Mister Peanut Rolling Chairs Grand Hotels Steel Pier Kewpie Dolls Diving Horses A Diving Bell Dancin...
Joe Kinga month ago
Awaken
Mentally they sang Mentally deprived The parody in poetry form awakens w/ damaged brains & blackened souls Mentally they pray in daft comical aspiration Who called these mmm-mimes to sing? Was it the ...
Joe Kinga month ago
A Strange Stew
Comedy is like a passing wind blowing from the North Shudders on the Windows are nailed shut The animals sense disaster But soaring like an eagle above Parody flies high into the light Parody is an in...
Joe Kinga month ago
See the Show!
A Human Zoo A menagerie of oddities collected to display for curious onlookers to stare and gawk For just one thin dime you can see it all SEE THE SHOW! The sideshow moved to a new town Down yesterday...
Noah Hagedorna month ago
Connected
The longer I go through life the more I see how alike we all are. We live We die We all have goals Dreams Aspirations. We look at ourselves in the mirror and can see the similarities of our humanity s...