Dogs 2012

I VOTED
(11/6/12)


I read
their platforms

I watched
their debates

I listened
to their speeches

their interviews

endlessly

"there's
never been
a clearer separation
between
the candidates"

they tell
me

"you're
an idiot
if you don't
realize
who
should be
elected"

I hear
from each
side

I must
be
an idiot

they both
seem like
disturbed
egomaniacs
who will say anything
to maintain
or attain
that top
spot

I feel
insulted
as a citizen
that it's
come
down
to this

on my ballot
there isn't even
an alternative listed
in order for me
to truly voice
my opinion

I stare
at the paper
trying to decide
how to best
represent
myself
in this
most precious
of processes

I take
the pencil
in my fist
like a preschooler
with a crayon
coloring the sky
in cobalt blue
and etch
NO!
across the section
asking me
to fill in
either one box
or the other

it is
the first time
that I've left
a voting booth
without
feeling soiled

it is
the first time
that I've left
a voting booth
with a smile
on my
face