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Speaking Out

There’s too much going on in the world,
That’s wrong with the world,
That should be gone from the world,
Love’s withdrawn from the world,
Evil they spawn in this world,
Good values they pawn in the world
And so I’m Speaking Out

In the corner a battered woman weeps,
Unwanted pets put down or thrown to the streets,
While a homeless man finds a dumpster to sleep
Children die from nothing to eat
Powerful men with hands that creep
And drug addicts looked at like a disease
Will anyone Speak Out?

Watch with apathy what’s on the air,
Think what’s popular not right or fair
Politically correct has people scared
Don’t do, don’t say, they do not dare
Don’t stop to help, they all just stare
When somebody should be Speaking Out

Doesn’t anyone give a fuck anymore?
Are your morals all dead on the floor?
But who cares? Who’s keeping score?
Is caring for others too much of a chore?
What’s it take to rattle your core?
Today everyone’s immune to gore
So no one thinks of Speaking Out

A new hate with each new time
Thinks the dark on someone’s skin is grime
Try to make same-sex marriage a crime
Wars take a million lives
While the media is raping our minds
False nice, hypocritical slime
End the hate, don’t perpetuate.
You should be Speaking Out

Think I give a fuck if I offend you?
Good if I do. I hope I do.
Because you need the fuel
To give two shits about something that isn’t you
Then maybe you’ll do something about it,
Something about your guilty conscience
And quit with all of your nonsense.
‘Cause we all should be Speaking Out.

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This is a beat poem that I was inspired to write based on all the social issues I find egregious—like racism, domestic violence against women, hate crimes, same-sex marital inequality, animal abuse, and such.

I’ve been planning to write my own collection of social issue-inspired work and had originally intended this as a prologue or introduction to the rest of the work. But it quite stands on its own, too. :-)

Alicia Evans is a tenacious writer/artist from Detroit, MI. She spends her time confused about why the sky is falling and how to hold it up. When she’s not not doing that, she likes to eat strawberry flavored dairy products and create all kinds of cool stuff.

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  • Tony Wilder
    Tony Wilderover 3 years ago

    This is a great look at some of the topics that so many have become desensitized to. Whether it is because of television or mass media, it seems that apathy is spreading in some areas. Years ago so many people were just awed and emotionally charged by images in Life or National Geographic magazine. The images were stirring and did cause people to want to help I believe. Since then every channel you turn to has horrific images of battered, poor, dying masses, catastrophes, etc, and I think it shown so much that it has overwhelmed many who now are somewhat immune to it. Great job on a tough subject.

  • Thank you, Tony. Your comments are always so thoughtful, so insightful, and they have a way of renewing my faith in my work. I always treasure your comments. :) Thanks so much! xoxo

    – DeeLishess

  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayover 3 years ago

    Tony said it all …… it appears many have been desensitized and sadly it often happens from an early age.
    Love your work and how your mind works;)

  • thank you! that you love my work and my my mind is one of the highest compliments i could receive :) it means so much to me when my work touches someone :)

    – DeeLishess

  • timbuckley
    timbuckleyover 3 years ago

    wonderful an encouragement for others to open there eyes and speak out2

  • thanks!

    – DeeLishess

  • PhoinixRising
    PhoinixRisingover 3 years ago

    Wow – hats off to you! This is a gritty, powerful poem that is like a slap to wake people up! Love it!!

  • thanks so much!!!

    – DeeLishess

  • HamperRefuser
    HamperRefuserabout 3 years ago

    THIS IS AMAZING!!! What a powerful piece, and so true. Excellent.

  • Thank you so much!!! :) I’m glad you like it! I plan on eventually recording this piece, as I wrote it to be read aloud. If I can figure out how, I will link the file to this. :) thanks again!

    – DeeLishess

  • UntamedDreamer
    UntamedDreamerabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much! this is a wonderful surprise!

    – DeeLishess

  • TheCandle
    TheCandleabout 3 years ago

    I agree with you 100 %. It amazes me how crazy and numb and apathetic so many people are.
    I agree with every point you make but also know that nobody thinks that they are the bad guy. I just watched a documentary on genocide that Illustrated that “good people” can be turned to murderous evil and convinced that it is the right thing to do to kill and rape their neighbor. The documentary is on Netflix. It makes the point that there are three things necessary to create a genocide: Some small group with a political reason to start it: A group of people to pull it off: and a bunch of bystanders who do thing. More people have died to genocide than to war and yet the worlds hands seemed tied. The documentary is called “Worse Then War”. It is so encouraging to me that there are people like you out there. Thanks.

  • very true that people never see themselves as the problem, and perhaps my poem being in second person shows that i’m a little bit the same way. but i do know i’m not perfect, and there’s a lot more i could and should be doing in this world, too. it is interesting, the influences of which you speak. and i will look into that film. thanks for the reference! if you study psych, or even if not, you should check out Milgram’s obedience experiment. it’s a very interesting perspective on authority. and thank you sooo much for your wonderful comments and compliments!!

    – DeeLishess

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkabout 3 years ago

    Your poem has been featured – 30/10/2011:

    Congratulations! :-)

  • Thank you very much! :-)

    – DeeLishess

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you! This is wonderful!

    – DeeLishess

  • abigcat
    abigcatabout 3 years ago

    I was reminded of Milgrams’ experiments as I read this and thinking that his subjects should be subjected to reading this, along with certain other public figures I could think of.
    Or instead of lobotomy to drill into certain heads thoughts of this nature.
    Well written :-))

  • thank you very much!

    – DeeLishess

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