Are we really only one quarter of the way through? Let’s keep it going!
The Evolution of the Chant
Started so simple yes we can translating hope and change into action, sí se puede, translating American dreams into DACA dreams (or is it the other way around?) dreams a long night’s journey into broad daylight with work to be done, no choice but to be fired up, ready to go and the go go go got up and went and soo those shouts were drowned out by drain the swamp and lock her up until Foggy Bottom got turned turvy topsy with the monkey running the circus, monkey whose spinning and spinning failed to build the wall and lock her up and meanwhile in non-white ‘Murikkka the bubbling brew was reaching boiling point, long heating and percolating and churning, steam murder on the lungs that still somehow shout I can’t breathe! and everywhere in exasperation and fear hands up! and in exasperation and fear don’t shoot! and still I can’t breathe and between wheeze and knees and choked hopes, there is a rumble and roar of Black Lives Matter and when they ask, they say his name and when they forget they say her name and black lives matter gets louder as they counter all or worse white which worsens into four more years and we respond no justice, no peace and four more years and no racist police and Black Lives Matter so we Vote! because yes we can and they try to stop that with a stop the steal and there is no stoppin’ no stoppin’ no stoppin’ no stoppin’ because there is no stealin’ no rhymin’ and they get to stealing, looking to bring out pence so they can hang mike pence after they take the building trying to fight for trump and the chants seem to be drowned out by window smashing and certification crashing and above the din and after the din we add lock him up and our inner voice reminds us I AM SOMEBODY our outer voice rouses We Can Do More. We Will Do More and with our outer voice and inner voice combined it is the boost we need yes we can sí se puede.
©David Siller – 2021
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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