social commentary

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

Saffron Ambera year ago
Her Elegant Rage
Self-less sacrifice to see a prospering nation become Do not let history forget our women who’s valour’s unsung Rani Lakshmi, the first prominent freedom fighter No surrender Filling our hearts with r...
I Am The One Who...
I am the one who is always sticking up for people. I am the one who doesn't have a heart because I never get hurt. I am the one who never cries. I am the one who is a snob. I always ignore people. I a...
'Not the Desired Effect'
'Not the Desired Effect' Stood by the fire, t ‘was her greatest desire, it burned; the globe of a thousand memories She wanted it bad, she wanted it good, nobody would have understood But then Stood b...
Strange Truth
The following poem is entitled Strange Truth. It was inspired by the Abel Meeropol song “Strange Fruit” (written in the late 1930s) that, in a comparison to fruit hanging from trees, describes a distu...
Jeniah Clarkea year ago
The Meaning of Black History Month
Every year, during this month, we remember Our trials, our struggles, and some things that went wrong We look back and think, “What could have gone better?” And sometimes, we even wonder, “If only the...
I Couldn't Save You Then, I'll Save You Now
To some people you were just a breaking news headline, A 21 year old gone before his time, "My heart aches for his family", "Prayers to the Jacksons, Gadsons, Johnsons, and Brackens..please" You see, ...
Geraldine Taylor2 years ago
Rivers Run
Rivers Run Rivers run, rivers flow, let it flow, let it flow Creativity, never let it go The bud that must flower, the tree that must grow Seeds of germination, future take shape Tis the dreamers, the...
Luke Downing2 years ago
Phase
It's just a phase she's going through, they’d whisper in their bed. but she seems so happy, he said. It’s just a phase she’s going through, proclaimed father to father. but she feels so free, they sai...
Medicated Media
The carcass calls to a century old crime Where fingerprints weren't held hostage this time A dead meat story The killer achieved his glory We look for the mask that he wears We listen for the thoughts...
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Andrew Benson2 years ago
Hatred Grows
Hatred grows at such an astonishing pace. As one cowardly act, unites the human race. Support for the families of those that died. So many tears, that we have all cried. Yet, this is not just about th...
The Gambler
Sometimes we're dealt a bad hand and there's nothing we can do about it We just have to smile and grin and take it I tried to trick the dealer once, A hidden ace up my sleeve But I ended up being the ...
Krow Fischer2 years ago
How To Jump Realities
We are all in this together as the bombs drop Atomic bombs Barrel bombs Cancer bombs Drug Addiction…bombs… As mothers in affluent America pay their grown children’s Rehab fees as ones in Vancouver bur...
Geraldine Taylor2 years ago
Common
A life like this Truly influential for me to write this Articulated thought of a musical mind Dictionary defined, deal disseminate A sky with no limit, called to innovate Metaphorically moved, so to r...