Social and Political Poems

Social Poems
  • Might As Well Get Duped May 21, 2017 ShareThis poem is a parody of “Might As Well Get Juiced,” by the Rolling Stones. If you really want to sell out your mind If you want to leave all goodness behind If you want to live on down in the drain If you ...
  • Fannie’s Song May 21, 2017 ShareThis poem is a parody of John Denver’s song called “Annie’s Song.” In Denver’s song, he compared the sensation of being with his wife to the sensation of being in nature. (“You fill up my senses / Like a night ...
  • The Three Views April 22, 2017 ShareThis poem is a sonnet about believers, atheists, and agnostics. Believers tell us daily, “God is there,” Although no one has proved that he exists; Their only weakness is that they’re aware That doubt and worry in their minds persists. The atheists do tell us, ...
  • The Power Of Lies January 5, 2017 ShareThis poem is a parody of the song “The Power of Love” (1985) by Huey Lewis, Chris Hayes, and Johnny Colla. The power of lies is a curious thing Makes one man fall, makes another man king Turns a child into one who ...
  • After The Writing January 1, 2017 ShareThis poem is a parody of Neil Young’s song “After the Garden.” Young’s song is about the pollution and exploitation of the earth. My poem, on the other hand, is about a hypothetical situation in which all written human knowledge ...
  • Hanging By A Thread December 16, 2016 ShareA poem reveals its true feelings. I was born last week on this poetry site And I was well received when I first saw the light And though I have been thoroughly enjoyed I’m now falling into the poetry void They say that I’ve had ...
  • Simply Unpredictable December 13, 2016 ShareThis poem is a parody of the 1988 song “Simply Irresistible” by Robert Palmer. I have borrowed some words and phrases from the song for my poem because they worked well with the theme of my poem. This poem is ...
  • The Choice December 13, 2016 ShareThis poem was initially titled “A Few Cans Of Food And Some Bottles Of Water.” I have revised and improved it. Some cans of food and some jugs of water You’ve got a gun and a garden out back A way to save ...
  • I’m A Spy December 8, 2016 Share(Just in my defense This poem is not about me Except in the sense That we’re entangled energy) I’m a spy in this hole And I live on your soul I’m just a normal guy But I might never die I don’t want to be replaced Or silently erased So ...
  • Doing It All For The Money December 7, 2016 ShareThis poem is a parody of the song “Doing It All For My Baby,” performed by Huey Lewis and the News, and written by Mike Duke and Phil Cody. Early in the morning, I’m still in bed I’m dreaming about the wad ...
  • Echo Chamber December 5, 2016 ShareThis short poem is dedicated to the civilized world. According to Wikipedia: In news media an echo chamber is a metaphorical description of a situation in which information, ideas, or beliefs are amplified or reinforced by transmission and repetition inside an ...
  • Can These Pages Live? December 4, 2016 ShareThis poem was inspired by some verses from the Bible. He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” (Ezekiel 37:3 NASB) Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is ...
  • Your Life Is Based On Shifting Sand December 2, 2016 ShareThis poem is for people who think they can hide their evil and who think that evil makes them strong. Attacking, mocking, killing foes Your pride does swell as power grows Though watching over all the land Your life is based on shifting sand The ...
  • Can of Beans November 27, 2016 ShareSatan uses fear and depression to weaken and control us. Let’s turn things around with a little humor. This poem is a parody of Bob Dylan’s song “Man of Peace” (“You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of ...
  • All Men Will Be Brothers March 21, 2016 ShareA Man’s A Man For All That (Modern English update by Alan Steinle, 2016; original version by Robert Burns, 1795) Is there for honest Poverty That hangs his head, and all that; The coward slave—we pass him by, We dare be poor for all that! For ...
  • A Blessing For The Zombies? January 5, 2016 ShareThis poem should have been written on Halloween. Don’t take it too seriously. Each line in this poem has five syllables. Once before I thought to do what I ought. But now I can see that I’m a zombie. My friends are the same– they all ...
  • The Middle Way December 15, 2015 ShareNow, it looks like it’s gone nationwide Too much pride (Don Henley, from “Too Much Pride”) How to avoid the slavish side While also shunning too much pride? We can discover the middle way When we choose oneness today For oneness keeps us side-by-side And helps us shun ...
  • The Cat And The Mouse December 15, 2015 ShareOnce there lived a cat and a mouse In an average suburban house The cat got his meals every day Even when the owners were away The cat had nothing to worry about But there was something he was without He felt alone, even with clever ...
  • Wasteland December 15, 2015 ShareMy brain is bruised, and my heart is sore Lying face-down on a hard dirt floor Do you know who is still keeping score? My brain is bruised, and my heart is sore I can’t see what the future is for There’s nothing in this ...
  • A Different Kind of Music May 24, 2015 ShareThe pianist pounds the keys And plays the notes he sees The sheet music does dictate The song’s sound, tone, and rate The drum regularly beats As the public sits in their seats A man gently taps his feet On the unyielding concrete His neighbor asks him to ...
  • Exiles in Babylon February 1, 2015 ShareThree exiled Jews refuse to obey the king of Babylon and bow to his golden image. This poem is an interpretation of part of the book of Daniel, in the Bible. In the land of Judah, Jehoiakim reigned But in his third ...
  • A Few Cans Of Food And Some Bottles Of Water January 27, 2015 ShareShould we prepare to survive in this world or prepare for eternity? A few cans of food and some bottles of water A gun in your hand and a garden out back A way to protect your wife, son, and daughter In your wilderness ...
  • An Open Letter to the Oppressed People of the Earth January 23, 2015 ShareThis poem introduces five ways of dealing with suffering. Around the world, people are suffering From hatred, attack, and plundering But each has his own way of dealing With the pain and sorrow he is feeling The first way of dealing with oppression Is to stoically ...
  • The Most Powerful Knowledge October 12, 2014 ShareThis poem is about knowledge, power, and the knowledge that brings us the most power or strength. Those from the ivory tower Say that our knowledge is power But what do we want power for? Will it be used to win the next war? If ...
  • Just Once September 9, 2014 ShareThis poem is about finding peace and unity in a world of conflict and division. You’re on your island, and I’m here on mine, and walls and bodies our limits define. My ideas and traits are not quite like yours, and each of us ...
  • Inside The Machine August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is about the machine that currently spans the globe. Inside the machine of violence and deception Love is not given welcome nor reception But the self that this machine corrupts and smears Is not the Self that knows neither loss nor tears Inside ...
  • The World Transparent August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is about the world of the future, in which everything is known by everyone. Are you ready for the shining world transparent When the contents of your heart will be apparent For the mind’s eye will see what is unblocked And the ...
  • The Two Conspiracies August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem deals with hidden conspiracies and the open conspiracy. To conspire means to breathe together To be united by a strong tether A bond that can’t easily be broken An agreement that might be unspoken Of conspiracies, there are two kinds Two ways to form ...
  • I Am Fascism August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is a personification of the principle of fascism. It is dedicated to those who have suffered under fascism at any time or place. My M.O. is to always tell lies But for now I have dropped my disguise My will is ...
  • I Am Your Fate August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is about factory work.   I’m not man or machine I’m just something in between –Robert John “Mutt” Lange, from the song “Lovin’ Every Minute of It” You’re the man upstairs doing fine While I’m stuck here on this assembly line I’m not man or ...
  • When You’re Out On The Street August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is about homelessness. When you’re out on the street In the summer day’s heat And you see me in rags Just holding some bags Remember the high price You paid for looking so nice For I wear no disguise ‘Cause I can’t compromise And I’m not trying ...
  • Rituals vs. Universal Love August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is an imaginary dialogue between Kongzi (Confucius) and Mozi, two ancient Chinese philosophers. Kongzi: The goal that my teachings have planned Is social order throughout the land Mozi: How will you achieve this noble aim And make for yourself a name? Kongzi: I will teach people ...
  • Relationships: Illusion And Reality August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is about love and the attempt to limit love. Is a relationship a way For a person to play With another’s heart And then to depart? Or can one speak a vow That is able to somehow Make a bond last forever No matter the weather? Are ...
  • Other People August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is about the heaven and hell of relationships.   Hell is other people. –Jean-Paul Sartre Hell is other people who No matter what you do Always find something to judge They drag you through the sludge And see through your thin disguise As they shred you with ...
  • In This Human Frame August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is about the strange experience of being in a human body. Why am I in this human frame That is at birth given a name? Isn’t this name only a handle And this body but a ‘brief candle’? If the body is my ...
  • For Ralph Waldo Emerson August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is dedicated to Emerson, the 19th century American essayist and poet. You were born in a young country of ideals In a country with no king and no one kneels But this country with its new constitution Was created through a bloody ...
  • Be Thankful August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem was written just before Thanksgiving. Is thanksgiving appropriate today When the world is in such disarray? With all of our confusion And growing disillusion Be thankful that it won’t stay this way Share
  • The Dog And The Wolf August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is about choices. It is based on Aesop’s fable of the same name. There was once a lean wolf, hungry and weak, Who encountered a proud dog, fat and sleek. The dog looked at the hungry wolf and said, “With such a ...
  • On Self-Defense August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem says that the body is not real and that, if we defend the body, we are essentially believing that we are a body and that we can be destroyed.   If I defend myself it means I believe That the attack ...
  • The Thief August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem deals with the “special relationship” as described in A Course in Miracles. The soul that does itself despise Looks for another to tell it lies This soul seeks to throw itself away And to steal another self as prey And this unhappy soul’s ...
Political Poems
  • I’m A Spy December 8, 2016 Share(Just in my defense This poem is not about me Except in the sense That we’re entangled energy) I’m a spy in this hole And I live on your soul I’m just a normal guy But I might never die I don’t want to be replaced Or silently erased So ...
  • Your Life Is Based On Shifting Sand December 2, 2016 ShareThis poem is for people who think they can hide their evil and who think that evil makes them strong. Attacking, mocking, killing foes Your pride does swell as power grows Though watching over all the land Your life is based on shifting sand The ...
  • Can of Beans November 27, 2016 ShareSatan uses fear and depression to weaken and control us. Let’s turn things around with a little humor. This poem is a parody of Bob Dylan’s song “Man of Peace” (“You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of ...
  • All Men Will Be Brothers March 21, 2016 ShareA Man’s A Man For All That (Modern English update by Alan Steinle, 2016; original version by Robert Burns, 1795) Is there for honest Poverty That hangs his head, and all that; The coward slave—we pass him by, We dare be poor for all that! For ...
  • The Middle Way December 15, 2015 ShareNow, it looks like it’s gone nationwide Too much pride (Don Henley, from “Too Much Pride”) How to avoid the slavish side While also shunning too much pride? We can discover the middle way When we choose oneness today For oneness keeps us side-by-side And helps us shun ...
  • Exiles in Babylon February 1, 2015 ShareThree exiled Jews refuse to obey the king of Babylon and bow to his golden image. This poem is an interpretation of part of the book of Daniel, in the Bible. In the land of Judah, Jehoiakim reigned But in his third ...
  • A Few Cans Of Food And Some Bottles Of Water January 27, 2015 ShareShould we prepare to survive in this world or prepare for eternity? A few cans of food and some bottles of water A gun in your hand and a garden out back A way to protect your wife, son, and daughter In your wilderness ...
  • An Open Letter to the Oppressed People of the Earth January 23, 2015 ShareThis poem introduces five ways of dealing with suffering. Around the world, people are suffering From hatred, attack, and plundering But each has his own way of dealing With the pain and sorrow he is feeling The first way of dealing with oppression Is to stoically ...
  • The Most Powerful Knowledge October 12, 2014 ShareThis poem is about knowledge, power, and the knowledge that brings us the most power or strength. Those from the ivory tower Say that our knowledge is power But what do we want power for? Will it be used to win the next war? If ...
  • Inside The Machine August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is about the machine that currently spans the globe. Inside the machine of violence and deception Love is not given welcome nor reception But the self that this machine corrupts and smears Is not the Self that knows neither loss nor tears Inside ...
  • The World Transparent August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is about the world of the future, in which everything is known by everyone. Are you ready for the shining world transparent When the contents of your heart will be apparent For the mind’s eye will see what is unblocked And the ...
  • The Two Conspiracies August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem deals with hidden conspiracies and the open conspiracy. To conspire means to breathe together To be united by a strong tether A bond that can’t easily be broken An agreement that might be unspoken Of conspiracies, there are two kinds Two ways to form ...
  • I Am Fascism August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is a personification of the principle of fascism. It is dedicated to those who have suffered under fascism at any time or place. My M.O. is to always tell lies But for now I have dropped my disguise My will is ...
  • I Am Your Fate August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is about factory work.   I’m not man or machine I’m just something in between –Robert John “Mutt” Lange, from the song “Lovin’ Every Minute of It” You’re the man upstairs doing fine While I’m stuck here on this assembly line I’m not man or ...
  • When You’re Out On The Street August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is about homelessness. When you’re out on the street In the summer day’s heat And you see me in rags Just holding some bags Remember the high price You paid for looking so nice For I wear no disguise ‘Cause I can’t compromise And I’m not trying ...
  • Rituals vs. Universal Love August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is an imaginary dialogue between Kongzi (Confucius) and Mozi, two ancient Chinese philosophers. Kongzi: The goal that my teachings have planned Is social order throughout the land Mozi: How will you achieve this noble aim And make for yourself a name? Kongzi: I will teach people ...
  • For Ralph Waldo Emerson August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is dedicated to Emerson, the 19th century American essayist and poet. You were born in a young country of ideals In a country with no king and no one kneels But this country with its new constitution Was created through a bloody ...
  • The Dog And The Wolf August 30, 2014 ShareThis poem is about choices. It is based on Aesop’s fable of the same name. There was once a lean wolf, hungry and weak, Who encountered a proud dog, fat and sleek. The dog looked at the hungry wolf and said, “With such a ...