Social Justice Poetry

JD DeHart

Saving the World | A Social Justice Poem by JD DeHart

Silly me. I thought our
problems were reserved
for history books.

Time tells a different

Once I wanted to save
the world. I would simply
spin a word that would
bring joy to all.

Time proves this to be
an infinitely difficult task.

Maybe not the world
to save, but a town?
Maybe not a town, but
a street? One family?
One person? The pet
the family owns?

It’s all too difficult.
The invitations are so often
rejected. So instead of
trying to save, just trying
to be a semi-decent person
is now my goal.

One step, one time, one
second. A possibility.

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Doctor’s Orders | A Social Justice Poem by JD DeHart

The good doctor ordered
the bad check to be balanced,
equality to mean equality,
decades overdue.
In his cadence of preacher
speaking, with passion
and the lyrical intensity
and wisdom of a poet,
he described a future that
has arrived in some spaces
but still sadly lags in others.
Now we live in a time
when the unwise sometimes
utter our first black president
made racism worse.
Sorry, but no. If anything
the dynamic of difference
churned up and brought to life
the flames of hatred
still threatening our noble
doctrines and our definitions
of equality and humanity.
Take off your blinders,
listen to the message of the figure
you claim to follow.
Finally, with decency and full
disclosure, in every part of your
life, Love your neighbor
as you love yourself.