November 1: Midterm

Like Brooks’s Crazy Woman I will look
At this eleventh month with certain glee,
Although the song I sing won’t be mistook
For dissidence, just yearning to be free

From regular bombardment by the phone,
TV, mail, radio, and door to door,
All seeking to condemn or to condone
Opinions they would normally ignore.

But when my ballot’s cast, the calls will cease,
The lobbying machine will disappear,
Or hibernate and gradually increase
To burst forth in the next election year.

‘Gainst swaths of candidates and propositions,
Good research is the strongest opposition.

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