Social Justice Poetry

Let’s Not Rake Our Leaves | A Social Justice Poem by Donal Mahoney

There has to be a reason why
we rake our leaves
rather than allow them to

decompose beneath the snow
and feed our winter lawns
until spring comes back.

There has to be a reason why
we buy fertilizer from Monsanto
when its cauldron gave us

Agent Orange to spread
in Vietnam, where victims still
decompose and die today.

Let’s not rake our leaves.
Let’s not buy from Monsanto.
Let the leaves feed our lawns instead.

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