so where were you?
the cab driver from ethiopia said:
we all watch you.
when you send us a bad one, the world suffers.
if you send us a wise one
the world will bless you.
the teacher from new jersey said:
my son is autistic and had never voted.
it took him five minutes to write his name
to get his ballot.
the election judge did not wince.
the long line behind him did not grumble instead
they stood watching respectful
as a 40 year old man struggled
to write his name then take his ballot and walk
into the booth
and when he walked out
(no one knowing how he had voted)
they all republican democrat green red blue and all erupted
the ten year old boy reading his paper in class said:
it means if he can be elected
then everyone would see that black people can be president
then maybe someday even i could be… maybe even i could …
(at which point he plopped into his seat put his head on his desk and
the venture capitalist said:
enough is enough
we are living the apocalypse of snake-handling apostles
speaking intongues of fundamentalism reciting revelations
from the book of friedman
that the market god’s invisible infallible hand will part
the troubled seas and we will be baptized
by the holy waters that trickle down upon the lucky freeborn
free from regulations free from
healthcare from public transportation from
the thought burdens brought on by a leftist
well fuck them hell let reagan be reagan let palin be palin
enough is enough i’m going door to door on a mission
for the dems this time.
the mexican cynic said:
to hear his winning speech that night (which will be punished
as all are punished who cause me tears)
but to think seeing all this and voting (long time listener
first time caller) absentee naturally
a poetic balance being the most absentee
of reluctantly naturalized citizens to think that
i the forever young have lived to see this
thing that was not supposed to happen
in my lifetime in a dozen made-for-tv-movie lifetimes shit
there go my ugly american punchlines for eight more years.
to think i had some little hand
in delivering virginia to the blue that
there is something different today
than yesterday to think
they thought this time they actually thought a coherent thought.
well that is worth a tear or two.
it is our nature to remember the bad things.
where were you when kennedy was shot?
when the towers fell?
violence and tragedy make a chemical scar
on the cerebral cortex
from which it never recovers.
but perhaps we can evolve
a new nature a new chemical
mark on the brain that burns straight
to the heart.
where were you when you found