Social Justice Poetry

The 99 Percent | A Social Justice Poem by Guy Farmer

Wakes up much too early
Each day, get the kids up,
Make bag lunches,
Kids ready themselves for
Another public school day.
Coffee, bagel, shower,
Drive off to a place
She’d rather not be,
If she had a choice.
Smiles at everyone,
Cheeriness born of necessity,
Paycheck in hand
Every two weeks,
Choices to be made,
Shrinking pay requiring stretching,
Making do with less,
Another day on the treadmill.
Exhausted,
Arrive at home, prepare dinner,
Help kids with homework.
Alarm clock rings again.
In a serene wood-paneled office,
He moves toward a large window,
Blankly looks at the
Scurrying ants.


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2 thoughts on “The 99 Percent | A Social Justice Poem by Guy Farmer

  1. square peg

    I don’t see how anyone could read this poem and not be moved by it. I had to read it again and again.