Tuesday, November 07, 2006

A Vote

I walked two blocks
this afternoon
through crinkled leaves and
old litter, past
shut-eyed houses and
faded murals
to a worn
community center.

I know the many things
that no politician
will ever change
in one election cycle,
they clatter
against my ribs
on a long, thin chain.

I do not expect miracles
from any of these
flesh and bone men.

But on a day like today
when the nation
stretches with wide palms
reaching

I left my vote
on the table
and a spiky hope
followed me
home.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh...great poem Emily! Captures that feeling of daring to hope for change so well. Seems like things went well in MD!
Love,
AMPC

5:15 AM  
Blogger jen said...

Ah, yes. resoundingly and exactly how it made me feel too. and then it kept shining brighter, didn't it, as the night moved along...

3:01 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

i agree with jen...it did shine brighter...and brighter...

dare we hope?

i think that this poem should be sent to our new governor...

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I left my vote on the table" - You did your duty and you used your privilege. Let's hope the rest of the nation will realize how important voting is - like your 86 year old grandmother who never fails to vote! You follow in good footsteps.I don't expect miracles either but the change feels good!! love you
iocm

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great poem! I think all of us are feeling a bit more hopeful. I'm cautious, watching ~ but hopeful. :)


Peace,

Thailand Gal
~*~*~

10:07 PM  
Blogger jillypoet said...

Your writing is always so sharp, so succinct, yet still so creative. How do you do it! You have such a gift for taking the everyday and making it thoughtful and poetic! PS: thanks for visiting my blog!

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great poem. Love these lines:

"I know the many things
that no politician
will ever change
in one election cycle,
they clatter
against my ribs
on a long, thin chain."

I've been trying to write a "political" poem but the words haven't come yet. But you've given me a few ideas.

8:25 PM  
Blogger M. Shahin said...

I liked this poem. I see change in the horizon or at least hope for now.

3:13 AM  
Anonymous susanna said...

As usual, you've written a terrific poem, Emily! I think more people paid attention to these last elections. Perhaps there WILL be a shift.

10:58 PM  
Blogger mariamaria said...

very nice!!

7:54 PM  

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