Social Justice Poetry

Speak English | A Social Justice Poem by Guy Farmer

Supervising yet another
Renovation to her mansion,
She hears a worker
Utter some words in a
Foreign tongue and
Quickly admonishes him
To speak English, without
Any consideration for
A fellow human being’s
Plight or life experience;
Ignoring the glaring reality
That not everyone has parents
Who read and write in
Their own native language,
Let alone a new one;
But it’s much easier to
Chastise someone for not
Being able to speak one’s
Preferred patter than
It is to understand
Their story.


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