Social Justice Poetry

Alyssa Porcerelli

Star-Spangled | A Social Justice Poem by Alyssa Porcerelli

Understand what fuels our anger though you have
never fought against this fire,
Though you were born and raised bearing the only criteria
that possesses American value.

And the inherent regret that we feel creeping against our
skin, obliterating our ammo
is far from what we asked for;
overpowering the same pride that runs through our veins
because that very pride is countered with shame.

“Just sit down, close your mouth, show your gratitude
to live in this country that hates you
as it waves its star-spangled oppression
right in your tear-stained face.”