Social Justice Poetry

New Reality | A Social Justice Poem by Guy Farmer

In a ramshackle trailer park,
A family of five inhabits
An ancient Airstream
On a cold, rainy day,
Wearing winter coats indoors
To keep barely warm, a tiny
Space heater rattles hopelessly.

Rent is due in a couple
Of days and Mark is out
Looking for any kind of
Employment, Susan has to
Stay home with the kids;
Child care costing more than
Any minimum wage job affords.

The holidays are near and
There’s no money for gifts,
Or anything to eat,
A trip to the local food pantry
An embarrassing new reality,
They reminisce about their vacation
Last year before the layoffs.


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Flourish | A Social Justice Poem by Guy Farmer

It doesn’t have to
Be this way,
Predators tearing
Apart the less fortunate.

There are many other
Options that don’t require
Winners and the
Inevitable losers.

The naysayers have proven
What kind of world we
Create when we base it on
Hurt and avarice.

Inner wholeness and
Love for each other
Yields far better results,
If we allow them to flourish.


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Prodigal Mother | A Social Justice Poem by Nyashadzashe Chikumbu

What am I?
That gum you spat seconds
before you even chewed.
The black illegitimate son
you exorcised from your
societies.
With Regurgitated filth – rats
I was baptized in the slums.
Graced in proletariat garments.
My Creative ingenuity Splatter(ed)
like a fly between
a spatula and gravel.
As I dived, medulla first into
stagnated mud pools.


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Beast on the Beach | A Social Justice Poem by G. Louis Heath

That dim beast, heavy megrims on my
Shoulders, my conscience, I admit.
Nebulous, gritty entity, it grinds over

Sand into surf. I watch it bathe and feel
A brisk breeze tingle fingers through my
Hair. And my shoulders never felt lighter.

This is my personal ritual in my covenant
With humanity and nature. I give to the
Local food pantry for my day on the beach.


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