Social Justice Poetry

Public Service Announcement | A Social Justice Poem by J.K. Durick

October, in case you didn’t know, is
Domestic violence awareness month,
So we get a chance to call attention to
And celebrate where we find ourselves.
We have created the home version of
The game too many have played publicly,
Violence enough to go around, combat
Made small, gang wars, major crime
Miniaturized to fit living rooms and
Family rooms, bedrooms and kitchens,
Combatants well-known to each other
Crying, captured, learning that pain has
Become an equal share commodity, be-
Coming part of a statistic we cringe to
Hear about and to be forcefully made
Aware of; like this, October has become
The cruelest month.

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