On Voting the Dream

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Anne Moore

Now when politicians grasp at threads
opponents’ proud mantles to unravel
Tell half`truths half`truths to uncover
opponents’ base characters to reveal

Now when electorates no longer think
follow fools fools themselves to show
Devour platitudes in place of policies
while all in a rage at their own shadows

Now when free nations feel so bound
bound nations begin to doubt liberty
yet raise up arms against their tyranny
tyranny to impose upon themselves

Now when continents begin to drown
in ever rising seas of corporate greed
when wild`fires scorch scorched lands
till even the cattle can find no feed

Now when the homeless poor flutter
like litter down cities’ broken streets
while their widows push push`carts
of possessions one grill to the other

Now when we are called to choose
leadership to follow into the future
the future will some day ask of us
Did we vote our dream or our fear

“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics
or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.” ~ John Keats


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to On Voting the Dream

  1. absolute insight. These are scary times

    Liked by 1 person

  2. some dreams are nightmares – these two fit that bill

    Liked by 1 person

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