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Why do we vote in pencil

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Why do we vote in pencil


Why do we vote in pencil?

I’ve been voting a long time
One has to down here
We vote for these people
Though we’re never too clear
As to whether they’re lying
Or telling the truth
That they’re mostly dishonest
The past is the proof.

One question I ask, though
Is, why is this so?
[And as I think longer
The question does grow]
Why is it they make us?
With pencil to write
It maybe that they think
That we’re not to bright

For pencil is easy
For then to erase
And me, I distrust them
I’ve heard of their ways
So I think about voting
And what it’s about
Then this question of pencils
It fills me with doubt

7 June 2013 @O330hrs.

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  1. Date: 8/2/2013 2:32:00 PM
    Love it,,,, ain't it the truth ;} I read back in the 80's " when a light skinned man of color is in power", that will be the beginning of the end. I think of Beetlejuice ,, when he says ( come on" you knew who I was before you let me loose) OR, the toad and scorpion OR the snake song, Let me in tender woman sighed the snake ;}

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/2/2013 2:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Debbie, for your appreciation of my words. I have been voting in pencil for the last forty seven years, and wondering why no one else has remarked about it, I carry a pen now to the polling booths LOl...Peter
  1. Date: 8/1/2013 5:02:00 PM
    Oh lordy, tell me it isn't true..you really vote in pencil? Gosh, how about disappearing ink? .. Im smiling, but worried. BG

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/2/2013 2:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    It really is true Barbara, yet no body seems to notice it. don't seem right to me. thanks for your comments..Peter
  1. Date: 8/1/2013 9:00:00 AM
    In God we trust All others use a Pen But even then we often find That someone somehow Has in error Erased.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/1/2013 1:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are so right Gerald, I find it very hart to trust politicians though. Thanks for your comments Peter
  1. Date: 8/1/2013 6:20:00 AM
    Well written thought to ponder Peter... here in S/Africa erasing a vote seems a very real thing with our totally corrupt government.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/1/2013 1:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    SA seems like a lovely place to be, {I visited once] it is a pity about the ugly powers that rule it, thanks for your comments Kim, they are always appreciated...Peter.