A Post-Election Lament, By a Disappointed Voter

By Joe Long Published on November 7, 2018

“The Most Important Election Of Our Lifetimes”

We will wait in long lines
And to little avail,
Place our thumbs on a screen …
But a thumb’s on the scale.
I’ll vote against one;
You will too, as expected —
But we already live in
The world we’ve elected.

More important by far
Than our ritual dissent,
Were the energy, money
And time we all spent
Promoting the thing we
Ineffectually curse —
How could our votes improve
What our choices made worse?

Lies we won’t contradict,
and opinions we fear,
Idols we indulge
And truths we won’t hear,
We lament as we watch
Our society fall —
But our character issue’s
The gravest of all.

Even fads that we follow,
Songs that we’ll sing along to;
Or shows that we watch
(While admitting it’s wrong to),
Compromises we make
(And pretending we’ve got to …) —
Thus we’ll ruin our culture
‘Til we decide not to.

Let us carefully choose
What we give precious time to,
Tell uncomfortable truths
Now, before it’s a crime to,
Teach the next generation
Virtues worth respecting —
Then perhaps someday we’ll get
Someone worth electing.

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  • Kevin Cordner

    Whoa!
    So powerful, because it is SO true. We may have a representative form of government, but EACH of us are cells in the larger national “body”. This writing highlights that though our individual votes count, our attention to our individual character, choices and involvement matter even more. It’s what is done in secret & on a daily basis that is REALLY determining our individual, and national, destiny.

  • don smith

    We have the government we have because of the media.

  • Best post-election piece I’ve seen, provoking and truthful

  • AustinRocks

    Don’t let the crazy mixed-up world shake your inner calm. “Peace – be still.”

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