social commentary

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

Zeta B2 years ago
Grass
Green, yellow, brown, sharp, bent, straight, cold, dry, wet, calm, cool, relieving, frustrating, everywhere, nowhere; it's as much a part of the scenery and nature as anything else, and it's as varied...
Celeste Jackson2 years ago
I Am My Own
Don’t think of me when you leave here. Don’t peruse the landscape of my breasts, or linger at the crux of my thighs, Don’t wonder at the hollow there, with all it’s hidden secrets, and name yourself e...
War Dance
We are all dancing within the lifeless wind of life. Standing hoping to be guided by a false light. Some take that and call it a night while others ponder around waiting for a fight, but that’s no bra...
A. R. Ambrosi2 years ago
I Will Not Make You a Sandwich
If patience is a virtue Then I'm not very virtuous Tell me to calm down Like a fool And feel the flames Of my wrath consume you I'll bite at you With my wit-sharpened tongue To tell you when you are w...
Kyla Wright2 years ago
Gold is the New Black
We use guns for solving our problems We think like animals Black Black Black Skin deep I'm me On the outside you see black You see danger You see dirt I see gold Beauty And me Please don't kill me bec...
My Life on Pause
You wouldn’t understand the kind of hell I am in My brain pacing hectically within Was my life taken away? Leaving me with a horrid trail of dismay It felt like the sort Causing my mind to shift, twis...
Alison G2 years ago
'You're Too Sensitive'
I commonly hear I'm much too sensitive. I also hear I have a habit of treating people like a punching bag. Why? I try so hard to keep my head straight. Not to blame; not to assume. I always try to rea...
My Secret
I have a little secret. I keep it inside of me Locked away in a box of flesh and sinew underneath my rib cage. Sometimes the box rattles like a sack of dusty dry old bones. Sometimes it is still and s...
Ana Rodriguez2 years ago
A Peace of Mind
With a life full of uncertainties and what ifs, the sky is the only thing that keeps me grounded. Lay down, look up. Embrace the silence of the world around you- a small pause in the sobs, but nowhere...
D.A. Baldwin2 years ago
New Age
Zenith of self-destruction Yes, that is the age we live in Xerox copies of the same problems, Waging battle anywhere they can. Vestiges of a once great land Usurped by bigotry and hatred Tearing away ...
Yuri Wooten2 years ago
A Strange Universe
I am my own person. I am a savage at heart. Sometimes it’s hard for me to dress the part. Why? Because society expects me to look a certain way. My hair must always be tamed. My outfits have to match....
Jessica Rasile2 years ago
Times Are Tough
The struggle is real, for us so called millennials. Desperately trying to live in a world so devastated by poverty and greed that we cripple under the pressure. We are so ruined as a people that most ...
Raya Pedroza2 years ago
Cakewalk
Follow the rules You'll be alright Follow the rules Just hold on tight It's only a matter of time Before age catches up And you have no one to blame but Yourself for falling behind Put in a place of s...
Tom Cartledge2 years ago
A Tangled Perspective
Hunting, fishing, working with living things, Are examples of values Largely lost, And unfortunately escape, Our Urbanised lives. We’re afraid to touch it — or lose control, To embrace the great wide ...
5am
The honk of a car horn, a word shouted from a passing lorry, or the old men outside the pub The slap of a hand on my thigh or arse or tits that somehow you get away with, get away with wholly, complet...
Tom Cartledge2 years ago
A Verisimilitude Day Modern "Adventurer"
The pictures say that you have been there; #Intrepid Modern Day Traveller. You’ve read the blogs, Bought your clogs, Booked your flights, and sampled the delights Of ‘The Lonely Book’ A temporary bibl...
Chloe Urquhart2 years ago
Read Me
Do you see what I did there? I captured your attention, Climbed the oak like a bear, It worked like a magical invention. You expect to find something interesting, It is imagination I am testing, Preci...
Katrina Thornley2 years ago
Thoughts in Sunsets
On water’s Edge An end found, Reflection formed In misty eyed thoughts. Harrowing denial- Of a life A love A memory of reflection Reflected back-- To the lost survivor Of a world That imploded Swallow...