#100Days100Poems of What’s Next!? Day 83

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 !

#100Days100Poems of What’s Next!? Day 82

It is haunting. And it is relentless and inescapable. The pattern continues.

With Apologies to the Blastmaster
Who Has Been Asking for Years

you attack kids in parks (killing them)
and sleeping EMTs (killing them)
you even attack those who protect us
dressed in their fatigues.

and our fatigue is the constant refrain:
who protects us from you?
who protects the US
from you?
who?

©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.

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#100Days100Poems of What’s Next!? Day 81 #Haiku

Presented without commentary.

Pattern as Prelude?

It’s hard to shed the
weight of history, the past’s
present shackles but

I can’t shake this dread
feeling: after all is said
and done, acquittal.

Then what choice but to
burn it all down? Blow it all
up? Or straight wreck shit?

©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 !

#100Days100Poems of What’s Next!? Day 77

Writing through the emotions.

What Good The Love Poem

when the American pastime is a superspreader event
when three strikes gets life
when 18 strikes and taking a life gets outrage
	and the machine walks on
when the polyglot sorrows translate into every ear
when the embrace of poverty is capitalism’s only intimacy
when hopes are relegated to dream-sequences in the latest
	binge-necessary escape
when the wettest kisses are chef’s goodbyes
when mask-hidden smiles are never as loud as angered eyes
when hand-washing is the only hand-holding possible
when the absence-aches and the abscess-aches
	and the wheezing hollows and the hallowed whimsies
	and the old normal and the new normal are/were neither and neither
when the stretch of affection is too close to infection
	and justice is only a word in a dictionary
	and various platitudes
when the time daylight saves just prolongs the drowning

what good the love poem
when the only rhymes
are lamentation and wrath
and goodness and trouble and obduracy

©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.

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#100Days100Poems of What’s Next!? Day 75 #HeadlineCento

Another Headline Cento for you. Presented without commentary.

©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.

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#100Days100Poems of What’s Next!? Day 74 #Tanka #TruthTanka

Presented without commentary.

To those who wish to
subvert democracy, you’ll
always be met with
barricades & boycotts &
ballot boxes and juries.

©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.

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#100Days100Poems of What’s Next!? Day 73

Presented without commentary.

Easter Weekend 2021

The time that marks the
mythological rebirth,
no, resurrection

of this city that
never sleeps, but which, for some
time now has, in fact,

been sleeping, is now.
Restaurants and cinemas,
concert venues and

other such places
are starting to open once
again (NOT BROADWAY!).

But more than this big
city is the virus that
never sleeps, nor hides.

Emerge from your caves.
Seek your joys and salvation
out in the city.

But keep your distance.
Get your jabs. Wear a mask. Stay
safe. It’s not over.

©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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#100Days100Poems of What’s Next!? Day 72

Presented without commentary.

Another Morning in America and

another shooting in America and
another murderous cop on trial in America and
another plan to rebuild in America and
another hate crime committed in America and
another uptick in infections in America and
another milestone in vaccinations in America and
another mask removed in America and
another variant strain moves in America and
another day of kids in cages in America and
another way to vent rages in America and
another way to suppress the vote in America and
another way to lose hope in America and
another way to find hope in America and
another fight for justice in America and
another protest for rights in America and
another day in America seeking
another chance in America seeking
another America in America and
another and 
another and
another and

©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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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.

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#100Days100Poems of What’s Next!? Day 71 #Tanka

Today’s feelings can be marked by three words: angry, inarticulate, powerless. This poem is the feeble attempt to write through that.

Untitled

The headline declared
“Filipino Woman At-
tacked While Others Stood
By” “A Brazen Assault on
A Manhattan Sidewalk.” How

in the light of day
do we stand and watch? How can
we wince with each kick
and cringe with each cry and stand
stock still at the shouts of pain?

We track the attacks;
we track the vitriol and
the racist rantings
of the worst among us. We
read the headlines and lower

our heads as we watch
video footage of each
assault. Whether it’s 
a headline or breaking news
we see that we are broken.

How can a poem
intervene? What good is a 
poem that yawps STOP!?
or a poet who only
scribbles ASIAN LIVES MATTER?

©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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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.

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#100Days100Poems of What’s Next!? Day 70

Presented without commentary.

Which One Gives Us Malice and Aforethought?

1.	I can’t breathe.
2.	I can’t breathe.
3.	I can’t breathe.
4.	I can’t breathe.
5.	I can’t breathe.
6.	I can’t breathe.
7.	I can’t breathe.
8.	I can’t breathe.
9.	I can’t breathe.
10.	I can’t breathe.
11.	I can’t breathe.
12.	I can’t breathe.
13.	I can’t breathe.
14.	I can’t breathe.
15.	I can’t breathe.
16.	I can’t breathe.
17.	I can’t breathe.
18.	I can’t breathe.
19.	I can’t breathe.
20.	I can’t breathe.
21.	I can’t breathe.
22.	I can’t breathe.
23.	I can’t breathe.
24.	I can’t breathe.
25.	I can’t breathe.
26.	I can’t breathe.
27.	I can’t breathe.

©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 !