This poem, like our status quo, is a work in progress. I’m certain this draft will change as time and space and wisdom allow. As for the bigger picture, it’s only been 100 days, and there is still work to do. We will always be asking What’s Next!?, and will continue do the necessary work , until we get it right. Thank you for joining us for these past 100 days. Stay tuned for more poetry.
What’s Next!? “America is on the move again. Turning peril into possibility. Crises into opportunity. Setback into strength.” -- Joe Biden And this, then, is the ever-repeating goal broken record-like to the ear but a mantra to the soul. When it’s asked What’s Next!? we must always be on the move. Until we get it right. Until we get it right there will be another Vegas and another Pulse; another Sandy Hook & King Soopers. There will be more Atlantas and Indianapolises. Until we get it right. Until we get it right there will be more Floyds and Taylors, Wrights and Toledos. What’s Next!? We must seek dignity over dereliction of duty justice over knee-jerk incompetence. We must turn the peril of traffic stops & grocery shops into the possibility of going on green and making it home to cook a new recipe. What’s Next!? We must feed brainstorms over superstorms and contain our rising coastal tides. We must flood our borders with compassion and climb out of the climate crisis-- invent and innovate the opportunities to meet tomorrow and the next and the next tomorrow and the next. Until we get it right. Until we get it right there will be more Sandys & Katrinas & Harveys more fire warnings & wildfires more tornado breakouts & droughts & t-storm washouts. What’s Next!? Algebra and calculus. We must flip the fractions that have long divided us. Now is the time for the new maths of people over profits and workers over CEOs healthcare over wealthcare. Let us place the 99 over the 1 the greatest good for the greatest number above the greediest plunder. Until we get it right. Until we get it right we must undo the brainwashing and whitewashing. Decriminalize homelessness and stigmatize heartlessness. We must take wrenches to the systems that set us back as if clocks or calendars to the 1950s or the 1850s or the 1750s. We must disassemble the machinations, bring down the termite-ridden timbers of bygone eras; strip the shackles and salve the wounds. Until we get it right. Until we get it right we must burn it all down tear it all apart blow it all up raze the rotted corrupted hole and build the stronger better whole until we get it right. What’s Next!? We must keep reinventing language and learning new pronouns and names for peoples, places, and things. We must keep rewriting language until truths are out and the full unabridged (our)story is told, even, but especially, the bleakest and darkest chapters. Until we get it right. What’s Next!? We must keep reinventing ourselves until we get it right until we mean united and not contiguous.
©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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