Human Rights

Written for:  Poets United, Midweek Motif~Human Rights Day

“I call on States to honour their obligation 
to protect human rights every day of the year. 

I call on people to hold their governments to account.”

~ UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

(1)Write a poem inspired by
Ban Ki-Moon’s challenge above.
(2)Write a poem that answers
one or more of these questions while staying within the “human rights” motif:

No one should have to stake a claim
for what is their birth right. No fight
should need to be fought to obtain
the status, “human.” Too often, in many
cultures, people have no value
or women have no value. Freedom means
nothing to those who cannot speak,
worship or not, as they choose,
or attain a tiny nugget of happiness
without having to dig for it. Oppressors
are not part of humanity.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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4 Responses to Human Rights

  1. oldegg says:

    …they are however voracious animals and must be watched very closely.

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  2. Susan says:

    Indictment! There is certainly enough evidence, You leave no room for argument: those that obstruct humanity are not themselves of humanity.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. glmeisner says:

    A well stated thesis. Great poem.


  4. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    You’re so right!

    Liked by 1 person

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