Social Justice Poetry

kindness poems

Lows | A Social Justice Poem by JD DeHart

Don’t be brought low,
rise. Remember you have
purpose. Your voice
is one of billions but it’s
still a voice that matters.
Don’t let anyone tell you
that your place in life
brings you low. That your
skin or culture brings
you low. Tell them your
story – proudly.
Existence precedes recognition.
A diamond still lives
in the earth even if no one
knows to dig it out.
Be the diamond you are,
sharp or loving edges,
glistening or rough.

A Good Work | A Social Justice Poem by JD DeHart

May the programs serve
their purpose, and may
we have favor in them.

May the agenda be flouted
along with unfair
manipulative expectation.

I want to do a good work
not for my sake or so my
name can be cited, honored,
and celebrated, but for
the sake of the lives I touch.

If that is against norms,
plays with conventional
structure, or even rings as

So be it.

I want to listen to the voice
and not the slogan, embrace
the person and not political

Move forward and do good
work without the worm of worry
called Getting Ahead.

I can’t be concerned with
changing the world if I don’t
even seize the opportunity
to be kind to the person
sitting right next to me.