Opening Activity

Have you ever gone to the police or other authority figure with a concern about your community? How did they respond to you? Share your reflections with a partner.

Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think of this poem?
  2. How does the speaker feel about their community?
  3. Why does the speaker say that the roses show a disregard for “minimal traits of decency”?
  4. Is the poem serious or a satire? What do you think its message is?
  5. What is the responsibility of public authorities in our communities?
  6. What is the responsibility of residents and citizens?
  7. What kind of voice do you have in your community or workplace? How do you express your concerns and interests?

Closing Activity

What are your closing thoughts about your own voice and role in your community? Share your thoughts with the group.

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