This poem came out of the September 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony Barrette. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.
If you aren't already, please register to vote. Browse a directory of American political parties. VoteSmart offers lots of voter resources. OnTheIssues covers political candidates on specific issues.
You have a right to vote.
People fought and died to make America a free country
so that its citizens could vote --
and if you're black, or female, or poor,
then more people had to fight and die to insist
that the right to vote covered those groups too.
That conveys a responsibility to use it.
You have a right to your opinion --
but not just any opinion --
to your informed opinion.
It is your responsibility to examine
the issues and the candidates with care,
to choose a personal stance,
and then to express your opinions at the poll.
It is not a game, not a party,
not something to be blown off if inconvenient.
It is your chance to place a pebble on the wheel of history
and maybe, just maybe, influence which way it turns.
With every right to do something comes
an equal and congruent responsibility
to do it well.
This poem came out of the September 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by the_vulture. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.
Read about problems caused by clearcutting. Explore the morality of tree spiking. Understand how conservation creates jobs.
Choices branch out from each moment
like the twigs of a tree reaching toward the sky.
There are always options, alternatives
other things that might be done.
There is nothing wrong with harvesting trees
so long as the forest survives;
but level the forest and soon there will be
neither trees nor logging jobs.
Sabotage is the fine art of knowing
where to insert a monkeywrench into a system
without getting anyone hurt in the process.
It is safer to steal the chains from the saws
or pour sugar into the gas tanks of the bulldozers
than to pound spikes into tree trunks.
Begin, then, with the least damaging option --
but if the forests are going, going,
then start spiking trees before all of them are gone.
This is the most basic rule of self-preservation:
Don't saw off the branch you're standing on.
You must understand how your actions
will affect the future as time forks and unfurls.
The economy is not in competition with the environment.
The economy exists within the environment;
without a healthy environment, there can be no economy.
The economy is made of numbers, but so too
are the infinite fractal branches of the trees.
This poem came from the September 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from siege and wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "clean" square on my Cottoncandy_bingo card. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to The Steamsmith series, and you can explore that further on the Serial Poetry page.
Read about bantu knots. Afro-textured hair comes with a lot of political baggage, but the styling can serve as female bonding. This is the British spellchecker that I used.
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