Do you find your Twitter experience changed since Jan 20, 2021?

When the President’s Twitter is More
Robin’s Song and Less
Screech Owl or Mockingbird

Once,
there were battalions of superlatives 
& platoons of exclamation points,
lined up in their wars with words
on reality,
the Attack of the Alternative Facts
the Battle of the Bulging Lie
but these days
the animosity and hypocrisy
have melted away
like Witch’s Words
to the poetry of 
I see enormous pain
in this country.
A lot of folks are out of work.
A lot of folks are going hungry
staring at the ceiling at night,
wondering

No child should grow up in poverty

The risk isn’t that we do too much --
it’s that we don’t do enough.

We have to go big
for your family
for your neighbors
for your country.
Wear a mask.
No, really,
Mask up, America.

And yes, with the tasks ahead
My whole soul is in 
the work ahead of us.
If we do it together 
as one nation
we will not fail*.

*In the spirit of a cento, all italics in this poem are lines lifted from the official POTUS Twitter account.

©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.

#100Days100Poems of What’s Next!? wants your poems, your prose, your visual art (photos, drawings, sculptures), your music, your short films and animations. Interpret the theme as broadly as you’d like.

If you would like to submit to this endeavor, please send an email, with your visual art (as .jpg or .pdf) or your poem saved as a word document (.docx) to waxyandpoetic AT gmail DOT com. Include a short bio (2-3 sentences) and social media/website information. All rights remain with the author. Please address any formatting preferences in your email. Waxyandpoetic.com will post submissions time permitting, with at least one per day beginning 20 January 2021.

Read, follow, share, submit, live, love, spread light! Don’t forget to use #100Days100Poems !

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