social commentary

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

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I scroll down to avoid the pictures. I scroll down to avoid the hate. I scroll own to avoid the debate. I scroll down because its not a debate. My friend's lives are not a topic for my paper. They have thoughts and feelings an dreams. Instead I watch them fight, for basic human rights. Debate the hate. That's what they tell me. Be an ally, walk the talk. But instead I scroll. Afraid to get involved. Afraid to be; Forever caught in a "debate" that isn't a debate. Afraid to say the wrong thing. Af...
Michael Bee2 years ago
LGBTI
The right to exist co-equal runs across many lines lack of imagination, moral cowardice, politics, culture, religion. All dark scenery and stage craft You will never erase our existence "The beginning...
Brianna McKinley2 years ago
Harlem Nights
The jazz record plays, The old man with the red velvet hat smokes his cigar and sips his drink. On the dance floor, a couple dances, looking into each other eyes, not wanting to let go. The musician p...
Tony Lawlor2 years ago
Reflections
In the eye of the killer, you’re the prey, In the eye of the auteur, look for the story today, In the eye of a lover, you’re a beautiful thing In the eye of the beholder, you can be anything. When you...
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Dante Jenkins2 years ago
Gears
Love is it real or is it fake, is it something to hate pick your take. Shame is lame, something that you can't tame. Peace take it or leave it, it's up to you to do the believing. Lies the only questi...
Caitie Perry2 years ago
My Voice
My Voice. Won't be heard. Because I am a young, Caucasian, religious female. They won't want to hear my opinion once I say I'm independent in the political world. They won't listen because I'm not "ol...
Sany Abed2 years ago
Dreams
I dreamt a different life last night As a worker underground Fumes and dust filled the lungs Deafened by the sounds The toxins filled every cell The pain began to shout Into the days of retirement Nev...
Chad Burke2 years ago
"Damn This Limb Bow"
What would our forests look like, if the trees found a reason to war with each other? Two American flames trying to put out the other's fire, because they're not ready to burn brighter next to one ano...
Poetic Goddess2 years ago
"New Beginnings"
Yesterday is gone, and here I stand feeling empowered and strong. Something came over me when I woke up, made me see that life is worth living when you don't give up. Sometimes those people who claim ...
Zhaii Rodney2 years ago
Attraction of Souls
They say you attract the same energy you give off What about the traits Are they saying I have them too What if I never experienced it Never wanting to taste Feel, see the reaction of the causes See t...
Crystal Korpan2 years ago
The Horror
I was terrified, couldn't believe what I was seeing, The madness the horror of it. I was so petrified beyond words, August 16th and the stores are already set up for Halloween, The kids haven't even g...
Greyscale Resonance
Every aspect of life holds duality More than duality, in fact, child... This thing is an ambiguous white water rapid So fluid and chaotic that nothing matters. Nothing can grasp the illusory rope call...
Ti Ana2 years ago
Cats on a Window Sill
There are the miniature cats that sit on the windowsill. They aren’t real, but they’re the closest friends right now. They are completely wooden. And their eyes are drawn on with red crayon, wide enou...
Adem Garic2 years ago
America Is Hollywood
Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. —Langston Hughes
Gladys W. Muturi2 years ago
We R Humans
We are human beings living on the planet called “Earth” We are young We are old We are the past, present, and incoming future We are male and female We are gay and straight We are the winners that tak...
No More Lies
I once was told I was colored, I once was told I'm a Negro, Who soon became black labeled Afro. African-American what is that I ask? How could the truth change so many times? Who gave these labels I a...
Auburn Ashton2 years ago
Lovers + Lust
Chaos or Calamity Whatever this weather it may seem to be. Unspoken words kill like a disease. Communication is key. And who to listen to? And who to trust? Battling between lovers and lust. Ultimatel...
Michael Gallegos2 years ago
Ahhhhhh
This is a moment, If even that. A fragment, of mind lapsing. It's inspiration, If even that. An epiphany, That has collapsed. Or, perhaps, Something referred, But got deterred. Mental track derailed. ...