Kids galore

What would we do if the house were clean?
What would we do if the car weren’t broke?
What would we do if the burrs didn’t poke?
What would we do if the fence didn’t lean?

What would we do if the cracks were patched?
What would we do if the cakes were baked?
What would we do if the leaves were raked?
What would we do if the itches were scratched?

What will we do when justice wins?
What will we do when empire fails?
What will we do when the jailers get jailed?
What will we do? Raise a joyous din

And build the world we’ve hungered for
With neighbors, friends, and kids galore.

Buff Whitman-Bradley's poems have appeared in many print and online journals. His most recent books are To Get Our Bearings in this Wheeling World, and Cancer Cantata. With his wife Cynthia, he produced the award-winning documentary film "Outside In," and with the MIRC film collective, made the film "Por Que Venimos." His interviews with soldiers refusing to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan were made into the book "About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War." He lives in northern California. Read other articles by Buff.