Listen to Dr. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan read her poem, “What Was?”
What was— Does it really matter? What was, is no longer as the past can never return in the same shape, form, or fashion. Once a moment occurs— It disappears, is no more. And, when we get stuck on repeat, Delusions. Addictions to our paranoia of paralysis making us in absentia, for the gift of now, for the present As if playing games of high stakes poker blind-folded. We wear the masks of Disrupted delusions; arrested development Fear and trepidation; frenzied angst Distraught solitude, damaged vision Intellectual stagnation, inflamed intellect Distorted pride— Because was cannot be legitimated As a tactic to be forever absent, in critical moments of thoughtful decision making For we forgot to laugh And play, and be in this moment, for NOW is all there is!