Monday, June 4, 2018

Poetry Prompt: What does it mean to be a socially responsible member of American Society?

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Writers of Kern, the writing organization of which I am a member, seeks to encourage writing among youth through an annual essay competition for middle and high school students. The 2018 topic for the Young Writers of Kern Writing Competition was "What does it mean to be a socially responsible member of American Society?"

“Socially responsible” and “socially responsible member of American Society” hold many possibilities for thought and expression these days. 

Using these ideas for this week’s Poets on the Page prompt, we are invited to investigate our feelings and thoughts: About social responsibility. About being a socially responsible member of our society. About whatever comes to mind when you see these words.

Do poets have a social responsibility for illuminating society’s interests, ailments, accomplishments, wrongs? What do you see or think that needs to be said?

How has American society changed? Developed? Presented itself?

Word Bank Prompt:
Social Justice

Poetic Prompt:
From “What Would Gwendolyn Brooks Do?” by Parneshia Jones

                    “Hold On, she says, two million light years away.

She’s right.
Hold On everybody.
Hold On because the poets are still alive—and writing.”
Read and hear the full poem at

Share your poem or provide the link to your blog in the comments below. We'd love to read your ideas. Thank you. xoA

Annis Cassells is a writer, poet, life coach, and teacher.  She divides her time between Bakersfield, California and Coos Bay, Oregon, where she conducts memoir writing classes for senior adults. She is a member of Writers of Kern, a branch of the California Writers Club. See Annis’s blogs at and and her website at

1 comment:

  1. I was a week ahead. Here's mine from last week: