This poem is my favorite thing that I have ever written, and is from my latest book, Poet Loiterer, attempting to answer the question what can regular folks do in a painful world except be a rebel in favor of goodness. It’s one of my favorites to perform, and I have at many places, including at the Vallejo Man March on March 12, 2016, and the 2nd Rodef Sholom Beit Cafe in December 2015.
“Headline Antidote” also won 5th place in Any Other Poetry at the 2016 Marin County Fair.
Be a rebel for righteousness,
a leader for love,
a troublemaker for the truth,
not a hawk, but a dove!
More than one way to be human,
so many ways to understand.
Join all your hands together,
and march across this land.
Be an agitator for awesome,
a hustler for the heart,
an outcast for open-mindedness,
whatever you do – just start!
More than one way to be an American.
Patriotic pacifists-no weapons in our hands!
Here’s to building better times!
Yes, you know that we can!