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Straw Man, The 2012 Presidential Campaign

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Straw Man, The 2012 Presidential Campaign

       ......a strange color, green

   Become better informed, listen to your teachers,
educate yourself....which branch will the bluejay
survey from? 
The hawk, circling, choose his best option?

   Bleeding soldiers depend on doctors, rich men
depend on accountants, souls depend on preachers,
tap water depends on scientists and engineers,
nourishing the parched vagaries of citizens
and houseplants.

   Words fall like acid-rain, seemingly harmless,
we thought we understood rain, it falls, it
nourishes, fills our reservoirs....then leaves a stain,
a clear outline of abuse, like evaporated salt, clinging
to our shirts after a hard day, sound bite upon bite.

   Still, we wade through flooded streets, hoping the 
tides will descend, rhetoric return to sanity, our lives 
safe, from future floods.

  after the elephants parade through every mind 

        the straw left behind

                               collects promises dumped in the streets

        polled, polished,perfumed

                               ready to sweep it all up on election day
                       
        hit pause... wait four years

                               repeat

                                                wait four years

                                                                           repeat




09/08/12
6:09 pm








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  1. Date: 10/20/2012 9:28:00 AM

    My favorite part is 'collects promises dumped in the streets.' You really caught the true essenceof it all. Quite an amazing piece you wrote.

  1. Date: 10/17/2012 7:58:00 PM

    i love where this is going the concepts, the mis and the mishaps great theme..

  1. Date: 9/29/2012 10:15:00 PM

    wonderfully written James

  1. Date: 9/27/2012 11:35:00 AM

    Congrats on your winning work..Enjoyed reading your political work..Maybe we need to have elections closer together no take that back I could not stand the mud slinging and lies closer than four years..Sara...Thanks for stopping by..I don't know if Holly is just a southern shrub or tree or not..I will have to look it up..

    Kendrick Avatar Sara Kendrick Date: 9/27/2012 11:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I looked them up and they are cold hardy to zone 6..One could have them for just the summer but that would be very expensive..They have red berries in the winter..I have never seen a bird eat the berries but they say plant them for the birds..
  1. Date: 9/26/2012 5:10:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in Catie's contest Jimbo. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 1:21:00 AM

    This was a pleasure to read. Yes, the straw (and the barnyard politics) leaves us all frustrated. Congratulations on your win, James. Love Suzette

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 9:11:00 PM

    A Passionate write! Congratulations on your win. I enjoyed the read and the taste of truth in your words. Cynthia

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 8:49:00 PM

    This one gets top honors in my book. Congratulations on your wonderful win with this EXCELLENT clever entry James. Going into my fav's.

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 7:56:00 PM

    Great write, James! Congrats on your win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 3:56:00 PM

    You SEE I told you it was a winner [cause YOu are a winner!] Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 10:07:00 AM

    This seems different from your other poems. Congratulations on your win. Your ending makes if sound so dreary, I used to think it interesting, politics, but all the ads seem sordid somehow.

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 9:37:00 AM

    James :-). Congratulations with your awesome win in Catie's "Metaphorically Speaking" contest. Have yourself a nice day~ LUV*PD

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 8:48:00 AM

    Love it, Jimbo! I had no idea this one was yours. Congratulations, on your win in my contest. hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 4:14:00 PM

    Wanted to check out some of your reads..I must say "Bravo!"!

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 2:23:00 PM

    jimbo, got more?... tag, you're "it" :) huggs

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 7:11:00 AM

    A great write Jim... I'm impressed! Politics is a game rich men play as we look on! "repeat... wait four years... repeat"

  1. Date: 9/19/2012 6:32:00 PM

    This would have placed in the top 5 Jimbo but you pulled it out because you didn't want to add to it as I suggested [oh silly one] it was only a sugestion to encourage you to write MORE..I never penalize anyone for not listening to my opinions [hey they are only 1 persons opinion I know that! I just like to work with poets is all] BIG BIG BIG hugs Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/15/2012 10:31:00 PM

    Great stuff Jim. I will be so glad when it is over for a time. Thank you for your comments. I was raised in North Dakota and my daddy raised Golden Bantam corn. Itwas wonderful. Here in Washington we had Jubilee which was jus as good until about fifteen or twenty years when the hybridizers got hold of it and ruined the taste. It would be worth moving back there if I thought I could really get good corn. Love, joyce

  1. Date: 9/15/2012 5:07:00 PM

    a bold , political read, jimbo... your pacing of poetic thoughts is amazing!... greeat stuff!...vote wisely!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 12:43:00 PM

    A good write about today's political issues.

  1. Date: 9/12/2012 12:21:00 PM

    a timely write peppered with fearless thoughts about the coming historical event, jimbo... enjoyed the total image of this work.. well done!..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 9/12/2012 7:30:00 AM

    Thanks Jimbo..soup mail!

  1. Date: 9/11/2012 6:00:00 PM

    Great write Jimbo please enter in Stand..Contest [What happened to the Blackhawks?] Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 3:50:00 PM

    You are wise beyond your years! Bravo for yet another power-packed political write. Strong metaphors through out! gwendolen :)

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 8:27:00 PM

    Same old, same old eh... and the beat goes on! A good one, James!

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 6:56:00 PM

    interesting write...enjoyed

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 5:23:00 PM

    Yeah... it's all kinda dismal... Nice poem though... Terry