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One Year In parents have endured relentless and repeated phone calls--video and otherwise-- but no flights and no visits no hugs and no kisses you can only see smiles by the starburst scrunches at the corners of the eyes two jabs have vaccinated exactly one half household this Queens-bound R on a Thursday afternoon has in this car ten masked New Yorkers one asleep; one phone-focused; one scribbling in a notebook we have seen knees on necks and shoves to concrete, kettling and kicking and killing and crying we have seen protests for justice and insurrections for just nonsense we have showed up at the polls and avoided subway poles we have washed and washed and washed our hands but not enough to remove the stench and stain of white supremacy we have threatened and condemned grocers and governors and baristas and bartenders and teachers and preachers for the great sin of being asked to mask we have received pittances and projected penances and broadcast our grievances and gripes and grudges on the world-wearying web in which we are caught prepped to feed bloodthirsty capitalism and mega-mecha-tech kaiju we have read books and replenished them in piles and binged the movies and television series of distraction and hope and humor and drama we have said goodbye, too soon, to half a million dreams and half a million second-chances and half a million next times one year in and the only way out is waiting
©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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