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 !

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s