a drawing of a squirrel over the moon

      Squirrel by Janet Olenik


      Hosted by Kath Abela Wilson

      election day
      high in the pines a squirrel
      drops cones on our heads
      (Prune Juice, March, 2017)

      huddled masses
      lady of life and liberty
      at the golden door
      it takes Penelope to say
      yes I will yes

      ~ Kath Abela

      Ο Ο Ο

      torn up sticker of "I Voted"

      I voted (Photo – Madison Premo)

      Briony James

      perforated ticket
      like an old computer feed
      black spots for a voice
      grandmothers’ fingers ghost
      in the voting booth

      1920 we spilled from the kitchen
      the sweatshop, the office, the laundry
      voices aloud for the first time
      2020 we rise
      aspire and lead

      As we reach for the future
      Our grandmothers’ touch
      Echos our dreams

      trooping to odd places
      church basements and gyms
      community centers, libraries
      where ink meets ballot
      America’s voices

      bright eyes search for my name
      she was here
      4 years ago
      her smile follows me
      into the voting booth

      stamping the little push pen
      like standardized test
      but on the ballot
      the black dot
      looks back with my voice

      my shoes squeak across the gym floor
      and I imagine volleyball games
      Election Day
      is hushed except for murmurs
      rustles of possibility

      Ο Ο Ο

      I vote dbutton with rank choice boxes

      I Voted (Photo – Sigrid Saradunn)

      Sigrid Saradunn

      misty morning
      scuffing thru the fallen leaves
      head to city hall
      eight worker bees know the drill
      ranked choice voting for first time

      Ο Ο Ο

      two peach colored buttons

      I’m a Georgia Voter (Photo- Janice S. Garey)

      Janice S, Garey

      words no longer count
      mathematical ballot
      determines who governs
      opportunity awaits
      touch the world by casting votes

      Ο Ο Ο

      A woman carrying a baby on her back planting seeds

      Voting is planting seeds,
      Artwork by Alexis Rotella

      Alexis Rotella

      voting is planting seeds


      Let’s Vote: Quotes and Credits

      Briony James, poet, writer and artist, says: “I have never missed an election, mid-term or otherwise since I could vote in 1972. I have never forgotten how excited I was to cast my first presidential ballot.”

      Sigrid Saradunn, an artist and poet, lives in Ellsworth, Maine. She says: “Maine was the first state to have ranked choice voting. I felt it was important to learn about the process and to vote in the 2018 election. This year, 2020, ranked choice voting will be used in the Presidential election for the first time. With ranked choice voting, when we cast our votes, we choose candidates in order of preference. If no candidate gets a majority of first-place votes, the last-place candidate is eliminated. Then the voters’ second choices are redistributed. This continues until the winner has more than 50 percent of the votes. Voting is a privilege that’s an important part of our rights as US citizens. I feel it is important to learn about how it works and everyone cast their votes in every election.”

      Janice S. Garey says: “My son put stickers all over his door. Including Voting stickers. (He also had a used bandaid collection.) My dad never let me put anything on the walls so letting our son do this was latent rebellion on my part! I wish more citizens would be engaged with voting. I want everyone on all sides of the table to exercise their right to vote.”

      Artist and poet Alexis Rotella is waiting for a new cycle, a return to human kindness, a blue wave, a tsunami of higher consciousness.

      Kath Abela Wilson‘s tanka “huddled masses” is from her chapbook The Owl Still Asking, Tanka for Troubled Times, Locofo Chaps, Aria Press, 2017 (available from Lulu).

      a drawing of two people voting

      Drawing with Watercolor by Kath Abela Wilson

      Send your submissions by midnight Sunday, Pacific time, on each week’s theme: “First Hint of Spring“, “First Love” or suggest your own theme. Send short poems, haiku, senryu, tanka, cherita haibun, tanka prose, short prose poems, etc., or your own unique approach, to Kath Abela by Facebook message or click here to email her directly. We can feature your work again after five months. Multiple Submissions can be saved to appear later:

      1. Send a short bio, comments on the theme.
      2. Send photos or artwork by you, if possible.
      3. No attachments except photos.
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        • Kathabela Wilson

          Kathabela Wilson is a local poet/writer/artist and musician. Her Poets Salon has become an international respected must read in the poetry world. She's the creator and host of the Pasadena-based group, “Poets on Site.”

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