Friday, February 21, 2020

Poetry Friday: Election Security


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"Who will stop the people who want to cheat?" 

-- Tabatha Yeatts


I joined Tabatha in writing Election Security poems this week. I managed a nonet, but I have two others still struggling to leave draft form. One features a squirrel burying acorns, and another that will double as a response to Buffy's DMC challenge, if I can just figure out the last stanza!


Your Vote Only Counts If It’s Counted (A Nonet)

Your
ballot:
analog,
not digital,
not ephemeral.
In your hand. Palpable.
A vote that will be counted.
An actual piece of paper
holding officials responsible.


© 2020 Mary Lee Hahn


Cheriee has the Poetry Friday roundup this week at Library Matters.


13 comments:

  1. Yes, paper ballots is the way to go. Good job with the nonet!

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  2. "An actual piece of paper" - all that's needed. Thanks, Mary Lee, hoping we can all rise to fix it!

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  3. A perfect form for these words. "not digital, not ephemeral. In your hand." Well done.

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  4. Yay for paper ballots and yay for your nonet, too.

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  5. Yes to paper ballots, let's do it! Love this ending,
    "A vote that will be counted.
    An actual piece of paper
    holding officials responsible."

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  6. Thank you for joining us with a cool nonet, Mary Lee! Good luck with your other two poems.

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  7. Yes! All of your poems have inspired me to write my own. I'll have to send it off to Tabatha.

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  8. Perfect! I love this, Mary Lee. It's brevity gives it power and importance.

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  9. Nicely done! I really like that last line--holding officials accountable.

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  10. Here's hoping, Mary Lee!

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  11. Yes, love the palpability of an actual vote.

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