questions and concerns from monday

if i stop writing
i stop declaring
that i’m still alive,
that i’m still here,
that i’ve survived and 
I will survive what’s coming
so often
are the poets words
deemed as
— try something more positive
— try something uplifting
— try something anything but sorrow
in 2021
the poet will
write words
a proclamation
of vitality
it is not sad
what is written
it is powerful
in 2021
the poet
will survive and be
with their words
for their words
and through
their words
in 2021 the poet is not a box
or three
or a grid
in 2021
the poet will be.
Here I Am
Do You See Me
Or Should I Start 
This Thought Again