On March 11, 2021, the New York Times published a special section, called “Teens on a Year that Changed Everything,” with art, photographs and quotes from teenagers across the country. They were responding to the year anniversary of the pandemic reaching our shores and how it affected their lives. Today’s piece is a another cento combining lines from some of their quotes.
Teens on a Year That Changed Everything II -a cento My interactions with other people were all fit neatly into little rectangles on my screen. When uncertainty strikes, we need connection and community more than ever. We turned to technology to build and maintain social connections. When I was little, I would always wonder why my mother’s hands were so rough and wrinkly. These two sides of me are so different, yet they both compose my identity. It feels as though there is only you. I forgot to wear the mask. When I was the only one to show my face, I felt weird and awkward. We felt ourselves becoming anxious and depressed. I was angry at the world. The BLM movement has encouraged me and an entire generation of young people to speak up. I am slightly grateful to the pandemic. As I am writing this now, I still have a stupid ton of homework to do. *Sigh*.
©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.
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