Voters will soon go to their polling sites and in some places they may have to stand in line for an appreciable amount of time. They are willing to wait in order to exercise their right to elect persons they feel will represent their concerns on health care, jobs, immigration, crime and more. Many will vote their conscience along the party lines of Blue Democrats or Red Republicans.
Here are a few lines I’ve written in the poetic form of a limerick* that I call VOTING DILEMMA. It good-naturedly pokes fun at how we sometimes arrive at our decisions in the political process; yet thank God for America where we are free to make those choices!
A while back I happened to see on ABC News twin young women with politically opposing views who were running for similar positions in local government in Michigan. Even though their thought processes had led them to different perspectives, they had their arms locked around each other as one of them said, “Remember the right wing and the left wing belong to the same bird.”
VOTING DILEMMA (a limerick*)
Sue left home to go out to vote
With both blue votes and red in her tote.
“Let me see,” Susie said,
“Vote with blue? Vote with red?
Can my brain match the tint of my coat?”
* A limerick has only five lines and its rhyme scheme is AABBA. In other words, the first, second, and fifth lines end in words which rhyme with each other. And the third and fourth lines end in words that rhyme with each other. The first line introduces the main character and place. The fifth line either comes to some sort of conclusion or simply repeats the first line. There is also a strict pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables. So, as you can see, the composer of a limerick has the parameters of this tight little box in which to write. And by the way, limericks are not to be taken seriously! They are just amusing bits of poetry.
A Little Limerick
By Connie Carlisle Polley, 2018-2019
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