Social Justice Poetry

suffering poems

The End of the World | A Social Justice Poem by G. Louis Heath

The world is ending in silence. Villages
Across the globe bristle with dishes

Feeding TV into homes all the waking
Hours. An elder, last speaker of Eyak

On Earth, sits with her great grandkids
Before a communal screen. She is tired

And angry; her breathing device bites.
She longs for silence to teach some Eyak

Words. She musters the will, the strength,
To reach for the remote, to hit mute, to hit

It with all her might, for the legacy of her
People, the survival of her nation’s culture.

But the six-year-old will not yield. And she
Must suffer in silence the end of her world.