Are We There Yet?


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Blues and Americana singer, songwriter and guitarist "Reverend" Marv Ward listed in An Encyclopedia of South Carolina jazz and Blues Musicians, Ward writes poetry with the same passion that he  [+]

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Are we there Yet?
Where are we now?
I suddenly feel like I have been awakened
from a long sleep
in the back of a car
traveling a monotonous interstate
for 50 years
with only the faint memory of a radio
playing in my dreams.
I look around and do not recognize the landscape 
or my fellow travelers 
and who the he'll is that driving?
Why haven't we reached our destination?
Are we there yet?
Where are we now?
Has our moral compass been shattered,
Or is it malfunctioning from alien interference?
What happened to the quest,
the journey,
the drive to change our destiny,
where are the blithe spirits
that danced naked in golden gate
and slithered through the mud at Woodstock
with dreams of new tomorrow's,
who burned their identities and brassieres on statehouse steps?
Are we there Yet?
Where are we now?
Did we get lost
when parenthood and daily routine
invaded our lives?
Was it a wrong turn
or have we been overcome
with the fear of only having
a one-way ticket?
Are we there Yet?
Where are we now?
Why hasn't that seed
planted by the rebellious youth of new awareness
blossomed into the utopian jungle of Rousseau?
Was it shorn by unrelenting doubt,
or by the fascist gardeners of complacency?
Are we there Yet?
Where are we now?
And who the he'll is that driving the bus?!

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Tony Martello · ago
Marv, this is one of my favorite poems on here! If you are interested, feel free to vote for one or two of my entries from the other categories that advanced to the finals: "Maize of Color" and "Green Springs" cheers! Tony
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Rena Cotton · ago
Thank you for this poem which captures the essence of why the conversation about race is so hard. Very moving.
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Tony Martello · ago
I love the metaphor Marvin. Great poem. My full support-5 votes! Check out my entry, "Green Springs" in the creative nonfiction category and vote if you like it! Tony
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Frank Adams · ago
Marv Ward's story is impressive, and his personal point of view is shared by so many of us as we look up and decades have passed yet while we have changed physically somehow we are the same old kids with a lot of questions
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Lisa Anne Cullen · ago
Moving. Thought-provoking. Riveting. Love this poem.
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Carolyn Gregory · ago
Love this poem.
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Chris Maw · ago
Love Marv Ward's poetry!
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Stephanie Benjamin · ago
a fan favorite!