Social Justice Poetry

exclusion poems

A Swan Song for Rich Countries | A Social Justice Poem by Eva van Beek

You can build a great wall
and mount all the guards
to put up defence
in each of the seasons

however barb-wired your fortress may be
there’s always a rift for others to see

You can seal off frontiers
and block all the roads
to tighten control
at every stage

however far your borders may reach
there’s always a gate for strangers to breach

You can hedge off your acres
and set all the traps
to catch what is weird
before it’s inside

whatever land your fence may include
there’s always a chunk for clans to intrude

You can raise a high castle
and load all your guns
to aim at the souls
who just needed help

however tight your bolts come to lock
there’s always a door for migrants to knock.

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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.”