social commentary

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

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...
D.A. Baldwin2 years ago
Be a Man
What does it mean to truly be a man? The world claims to know the truth, be a man. Scornful eyes judging, the jury agrees you don’t have what it takes to be a man. Model humans, made of some lean plas...
The Wall
It is white. brick. cold. It is all around me. I'm seized. captured. trapped. starved of what I need. All the comfort I once knew has faded. gone. vanished. stolen from me. ceased to exist. And the wa...
Cynthia Rizzo2 years ago
It Sucks Right Now
Hi, I'm new to this. Very, very, very new. I recently quit my job! I should have thought it through more but it was a toxic place. I was a receptionist at a hair salon. I know, I know, how bad can a h...
Tom Cartledge2 years ago
An Alcoholic Safari at High Tide
Beat by the booze - Tbilisi, Georgia
JoRose 2 years ago
The City
It's a girl with a suitcase. Three busses at a red light. A cigarette to calm. Strange glances from worlds away. It's a fleeting beautiful face. A chain that closes a park after dark. It's a one way a...
Kait Breanne2 years ago
Invisibility
Can you see her? Can you hear her? The girl alone in the corner. The girl you just called fat when you walked past. The girl who will barely speak. The girl who will barely eat. The girl who cries her...
Pamela Benjamin2 years ago
I Am The Mighty Dollar
I come in many forms, of course. Pardon my wide grin but my master tells me that I'm the cream of his crop when it comes to deals with dwellers at the top. I am the perfect tool that'll never rust or ...
Pramity Roy2 years ago
Not Worth Your Time
I cried for you days and night I am tired of waiting for your worthy time I hid your lame excuses under my blankets tight I looked beyond your excuses and flaws I begged for us a second chance To give...
Liam Bates2 years ago
Tour Guide
Find me on the periphery of that central square, where pigeons swarm for scraps of food and large, air-conditioned buses from the airport dump their squinting and sweating passengers into the hot, yel...
Mother Africa Wept
Why were we so quickly swayed by their theory of evolution? evolving into famine and starvation for the most fertile nation Mother... Africa wept as... we slept as... they crept spewing wet hush lul-l...
Who Me?
Big man approaching. A child's life they’re stunting. Pound signs you’re seeing, garms and kicks you’re preening not realizing that the big man is using you! Excitement building, older guys emulating,...
Steph Sinclair2 years ago
School
In our preparation for self-discovery, We’re not sure what the future will hold. What comes next? How do we handle the truth? Answers will arise from the new light shone on the ugly truths we Hold dea...
Dear Boys
I'm sorry For the boy that tells you that by pulling that girl's hair and saying that she's got the lergies, she'll know that you like her. My advice? Just say that's she nice and she smells good. She...
Too Young, Naive
“You weren't there, you wouldn’t know” She says to me from across the room I am talking about a house plant She is asking about where it came from She is actually asking why my father treats me with f...
Star Fruit
My bud has flowered and the fruit has grown ripe Thick-skinned horned melon hanging heavy with sugar You are walking in my woods The woods of my ancestors which you may come to know but never feel in ...
Steph Sinclair2 years ago
Routine
Sit work Sit make money Sit eat Lie sleep Repeat Life An endless cycle of Sit and stand, lie I want more Sit work No Sit make money No Sit eat No Lie sleep No Repeat No I am uncontrollable I refuse co...
clarkspittah 2 years ago
So Willing to Meet Death
We live moving at the speed of light and sound, connected to the edges of visibility without seeing anything, Willing to accept our fate as morsels to the great divine who stands there watching, waiti...