Social Justice Poetry

An Earnest Conversation with a Relative | A Social Justice Poem by Guy Farmer

She tries to have an earnest
Conversation with a relative
About why war is necessary
When there are so many other
Peaceful options available.

She shares her perspective that,
Along with the desire to
Destroy one another,
Humans possess an equal or greater
Capacity for altruism and love.

Appealing to his sense of decency,
Which she’s seen many times,
She plaintively beseeches him to
Clarify why he thinks problems
Need to be solved with violence.

No answers are forthcoming,
She finds out these things aren’t
About logic or fact,
Just a reflection of the
Torment in people’s hearts.


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