Every day the news is the same, isn’t it?
American Metronome We mark our days with the same ticks as in today we had a mass shooting today a white man spreads supremacist violence today a cop shoots a black man today a white man spreads another lie today a virus variant spreads to another corner of America today a cop shoots a black woman today the wealthy corner their markets & line their pockets today the hate bursts into neighborhoods like bottlerockets today a cop shoots a black child today food pantry lines stretch beyond their hunger today the hunger for change makes us rise today a trial starts today a trial carries on today a trial ends today an acquittal today justice hides in the corner and so it goes day in day out week in week out month in month out year in year out in its infinite refrain repeated infinitely
©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 !