A poem, possibly a companion piece to Day 45, presented as an early draft to be revisited later (since, really, it’s always rewriting), without commentary.
Who Are We Now
that would compromise and seek unity with seditionists and insurrectionists? that would give a pass to a knee on a neck and not stick a neck out for a peaceful protest on a knee? that would perpetuate poverty for millions because 31K per annum is too much? that would have control of two of three branches, and choose to stay rooted in white supremacy? that would have bicameral advantage but behave as if staying in the guest room? that would shout for justice and scream against dishonor, yet be mouse-quiet when the fat cats come to prey? that would forget who brung us, and instead would dance the goosestep with the two right feet brigade? that we cling to procedural relics that prop up racism and minority rule, all for the sake of what, really? that even on the side of the just and the true and the good and the future, we remain the dupes, the patsies, the squeamish? who are we, that in the face of all that is wrong some flee doing right?
©David Siller – 2021
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