Today’s piece by Lauren Miller reminds us of the work that has been done, and of the labors still to come. May we all strive for this, and be inspired by this.


with homage to Dr. King

And I know that myself is positive
And I know that myself has hope

And I know that I am capable, of all that I am called to do…
of all whom I am called to love

I shall not set my beams to high
Bright, in retaliation
Bent, to mutual destruction, from too much light in the road

I will search for sense on this highway

A bicentennial ago, a dirt path--une expérience
Destiny, manifested as the snarl of traffic at a toll booth 

How shall my legacy be written?
Where shall my children stand, or my children’s children?

And I will stand on the side of light
And I will walk in Love

©Lauren Miller – 2021

Perpetually on the lookout for the sacred in the ordinary, Lauren Miller is a student of politics, education, and French. TX>AZ>IL>TX. A nature lover and mom of four, she and her husband celebrated 28 years together in 2020. On IG @laurenebmiller, where she sometimes posts pictures from her backyard.


For the first 100 days of the Biden administration, this website will feature a new poem of What’s Next!? These pieces can be calls to action, calls to attention, or calls to anger. They will light the way and guide the fight. They will get us moving and keep our momentum. They will be filled with hope, with anger, with sorrow. They will get us into good trouble and point out the trouble we need to stop. They will be polished gems, or rough-cut drafts of rage, or in-process pieces searching for peace. They may be haiku or tanka, limericks or lyrics, verses free or fettered.

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