Social Justice Inks: Anthology of Poetry is a vividly raw collection of poems examining many types of social injustice. I am one of the contributors, but I do not consider myself to be biased. When the books arrived, I quickly and enthusiastically opened my package. I was determined to take my time with this book.
Randomly opening the book to a poem by Jia-Li Yang, I started to read. I stood still for thirty minutes, incapable of movement, a flood of tears rolling over me with the weight of a boulder on my chest. I was shaking.
Here are five lines from a poem called “Melanin” by Richa Dinesh Sharma, a poet I do not know, but the words sear my heart and rob me of my breath.
“Brave sinews, whipped and flogged
with insults, injustice erupted this lot
like volcanic black rocks
steadfast, smooth, shiny
still fighting their melanin ignominy”
Another poet I do not know, elliot m rubin, writes “deadly tuesday” – this poem breaks my heart with the merging of God-given life in nature and the God-given human life ended by man. Here are ten lines from this compelling poem:
“next day a mother bird
stands on the edge of her nest
regurgitates worms to feed fledglings
when one flutters and falls out
smashes into the ground below
while underneath the old tree’s thick branch
a medical examiner
walks next to a gurney
over the tiny dead bird
as the man’s body is removed”
I applaud Lisa Tomey, who orchestrated this phenomenal effort, and her publishing company, Prolific Pulse Press, LLC, for being brave enough to publish the truth. Many poems are written with metaphors and language that soften the meanings of gut-wrenching subjects to the point they don’t hold power. These do hold power, and they are written by poets from all over the globe. BRAVO, Lisa Tomey! I am proud to know you, even though we have never physically met.
I strongly recommend this poetry collection, a true “must-read” for anyone that considers themselves a humanitarian – be prepared to be moved to tears.