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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Last (2012)

It happened in a time not much different
Than our own, not too distant
Four years past, a day in Arizona

The man did not vote in the election
On the 6th, though he was eligible
He was registered, he merely opted out

He was married to a woman
She thought it important that he vote
She was angry President Obama won

She voted for Mitt Romney
As most in Arizona did
“Red-state,” reliable, Republican

His vote, would not have changed a thing
Arizona would have gone to Romney
The nation to Obama still

It happened three days after the election
He in the parking lot, walking
She is in the pick-up, driving

It happened in the middle of the day
She, circling him in her truck
He feeling threatened; and then

Feeling front bumper smashing into him
Feeling the grill in his back, the pavement
In his palms, in his face…slamming into it

Soon, he was in hospital
Soon, she was in jail
Lives changed forever

She was angry that he did not vote for Mitt
For Mitt, she ran him over in her car
Because he did not vote at all

It happened in a time not much different
Than our own, not too distant
Four years past, a day in Arizona


Four years past, is not much time
We have coarsened much since then
A country more divided, cultures more at odds

What will the future bear?
Shouting tales of woe, and violence
Tyranny, and treason

                                    A divided nation 

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