Social Justice Poetry

Confused and Confused | A Social Justice Poem by Diane Woodward Dorff

How did we get here?
How did our people
Come to believe
That down is up
And up is down?
That kindness is defeat,
And hatred is strength,
And understanding is wrong?
Is this the nation whose establishment
Used to be full of war and money
and decisions made over and over again?
Whose establishment is now
Regard for differences,
Careful thinking,
Examination thought by thought
And gun by gun.
Who would have thought
Our highest ideals would become
Meanness and ignorance?
That salvation would come
By letting go of one another’s hands?


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