My students and family laugh at me because of my overuse of the word poignant. Their laughter is justified; I think I used that very word in this very space in citing a sonnet written by John Milton.
One hardly expects to see a piece that (implicitly) calls for social justice in the venerable Wall Street Journal. Yet there is one. Alongside all the "I really can't relate to this" articles on the Goldman Sachs suit, the outsize bonuses paid to the loyal troops, the outsize profits of the banks, and all that, we have a photo essay of the houses (middle-class one and all) and families (ditto) whose mortgages were bundled in the "Hope this fails" package put together by the math whiz M. Fabrice Tourre on the instructions of his higher-ups.
See it here.
I'd say poignant is justified.