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Love’s withdrawn from the world,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.
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. :-)