The Music of Elizabeth Alexander

Get Curious

A riff on Curiosity's ability to transform Anger's rage, bitterness and fear into something beautiful and transformative

Words by Elizabeth Alexander

A riff on Curiosity’s ability to transform Anger’s rage, bitterness and fear into something beautiful and transformative.

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Get Curious

Anger can be a beautiful thing. Powerful. Transformative.
But sometimes anger can get the better of us.
We can get hijacked by anger, get rigid, get self-righteous.
Anger can get in the way of listening.
When that happens, it’s time for us to get curious.

Start wondering what’s behind things,
beyond the daily grind of things,
within the intertwined of things – Get curious.
Unpack the reason why of things,
the parts we can’t deny of things,
the sweet imperfect sigh of things – Get curious.

Wonder at the world like Alice,
Climb a tree like sister Eve,
Open a door like Goldilocks,
Peek into Pandora’s box.

Behold the look-within of things,
the most authentic spin of things,
the sinew, sweat and skin of things – Get curious.

Curious has a rotten reputation.
(We’ve been told it killed a cat!)
Lies like that erase imagination,
Shut it down in seconds flat.

Set aside the pride of things,
get past the true and tried of things,
the black and white divide of things,
wander on the other side – Get curious.

It’s the remedy for righteous rage,
It’s a sure antidote to furious,
Keeps fear from flying out of control,
Keeps bitter from moving right into your soul.

Get to know the grain of things,
the wane and wax and wane of things,
the ebb and flow and ebb of things,
the interdependent web of things…

Start wondering what’s behind things,
beyond the made-up mind of things.

Because anger can be a beautiful thing.
Powerful. Transformative.

Elizabeth Alexander
© 2021 by Elizabeth Alexander

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Premiere: University of Illinois Women’s Glee Club / Andrea Solya