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What Do We Do—Now

—after Gwendolyn Brooks

We mourn, we bless,
we blow, we wail, we
wind—down, we sip,
we spin, we blind, we
bend, bow & hem. We
hip, we blend, we bind,
we shake, we shine,
shine. We lips & we
teeth, we praise & protest.
We document & we
drama. We demand &
we flow, fold & hang
loose. We measure &
we moan, mourn & whine
low. & we live, and we
breathe. & some of the time,
we don’t.

Tonight, I am here. Here
& tired. Here & awake,
sure, & alive. Yes here &
still, still here, still & here
& still awake & still still
alive.

Credit


Copyright © 2016 by Ellen Hagan. Reprinted from Split This Rock’s The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database.

Author


Ellen Hagan

Ellen Hagan is the author of Hemisphere (TriQuarterly Books, 2015). She is the director of the poetry program at the DreamYard Project in New York City. 

Date Published: 2017-08-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/what-do-we-do-now