Election Last (2012)

It happened in a time not much different

Than our own, not too distant

Four years past, a day in Arizona

 

The man did not vote in the election

On the 6th, though he was eligible

He was registered, he merely opted out

 

He was married to a woman

She thought it important that he vote

She was angry President Obama won

 

She voted for Mitt Romney

As most in Arizona did

“Red-state,” reliable, Republican

 

His vote, would not have changed a thing

Arizona would have gone to Romney

The nation to Obama still

 

It happened three days after the election

He in the parking lot, walking

She is in the pick-up, driving

 

It happened in the middle of the day

She, circling him in her truck

He feeling threatened; and then

 

Feeling front bumper smashing into him

Feeling the grill in his back, the pavement

In his palms, in his face…slamming into it

 

Soon, he was in hospital

Soon, she was in jail

Lives changed forever

 

She was angry that he did not vote for Mitt

For Mitt, she ran him over in her car

Because he did not vote at all

 

It happened in a time not much different

Than our own, not too distant

Four years past, a day in Arizona

 

 

Four years past, is not much time

We have coarsened much since then

A country more divided, cultures more at odds

 

What will the future bear?

Shouting tales of woe, and violence

Tyranny, and treason

                                    A divided nation

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