Social Justice Poetry

Roundup | A Social Justice Poem by Donal Mahoney

Monsanto still has problems
after the carnage caused
by Agent Orange.
People continue to decay.

Monsanto’s Roundup
has its problems, too.
It wipes out weeds,
some native plants as well.
The milkweed is a
good example.

In order to survive
the Monarch butterfly
needs the milkweed plant
but Roundup kills it.
This means
fewer Monarchs
in our gardens.

There’s no market
for dead Monarch parts
so corpses can’t be sold.
Soon they’re dust
and disappear.

But if we plant milkweed
in our gardens and
don’t use Roundup,
we’ll always have
the Monarch here.

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