Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SOCIAL JUSTICE, by ERNEST BRADLEY

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SOCIAL JUSTICE, by            
First Line: There is a voice within each citizen
Last Line: A world with more of love and less of gold.
Subject(s): Justice; Sonnet (as Literary Form)

There is a Voice within each citizen
That bids us heed the cohorts' mighty roar,
Which comes from every street and beggar's door,
In spite of ancient creed and scribal pen.
No anodyne from pompous aldermen
Will do, in terms of dole as heretofore;
No opiates will satisfy the corps
Of hungry men on every field and fen.
There is but one way out for sons of God:
To heed the Voice of human brotherhood --
As One who died in Palestine of old --
To walk with humble feet by mercy shod,
And build a world that's great and kind and good,
A world with more of love and less of gold.

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