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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Election Daze

Belle The Wolf and Henry are playing with Bella, who was found in 2013, broken-backed, in a flooded ditch. Her spinal cord wasn't severed, but the spine itself was shattered. She can get to her feet, and take a few steps. But she usually just scoots around, and is a terror to the big dogs.

So the elections are over. I didn't pay it much mind, taking the view (watch the very short clip) of Crocodile Dundee.

It's just that no more campaign mailers means that I have to find something else for the bottom of the parrot's cage.

Well, if we had a parrot.

Politicians come and go,
bless their little cotton socks,
and when speaking often show
they're dumber than a box of rocks,
saying this, misspeaking that,
then onward to a photo op,
holding babies and a cat
that you can see they'd love to drop,
but they do make me really glad
that we have committee rule,
for it would be quite clearly mad
if we'd bow to a public fool
with vision of newborn retriever
and saw in him a True Believer.

Still, there are good public men and women. It's just that they seem to die young.

The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is EXTREME. This might not be extremely hard.

People yell from left and right,
words of quandary and riddle,
never thinking that they might
just meet in the middle,
and share a coffee or a beer
(heck, pass around a joint!),
'cause it's getting really clear
that we're close to the point
where agenda and ideas
come to matter more than life,
and Hell's on a massive bender
in celebration of the strife
that pushed us to a dark extreme
on each side, beyond obscene.

Four minutes thirty, including a hesitant keypad. Good enough.

Music from Dion, with Abraham, Martin, and John.

Sylvia votes for ice cream.



  1. Yes! The political advertisements will go away until 2024. Thank you for sharing both of your poems. I am reminded of the Third Day song “Come Together.”

    “We got to come together because in the end we can make it all right. We must brave the weather through all of the storms. We must come together because in the end we can make it all right. We must learn to love.”

    I am praying for you and Barb!

    1. Oh and this is Jolene. I didn’t realize I am not signed into google. 😊

    2. Jolene, thank you...and Third Day says it perfectly!

  2. Yes, if both sides could meet, speak and listen, then we might make progress, Andrew.

    1. Lisa, yes. I'm willing to meet. But no-one else is coming

  3. Coming together and speaking together, showing each other respect - that's what is needed.
    Great poems Andrew. Thanks for sharing them with us.
    Just stopped by from FMF#14

    1. Heather, thank YOU. If we can just come together, and ditch the attitude!

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    1. Karen, thank you. It hurt to write this post.

  5. Two great poems today! We would be able to solve a lot more problems if we'd all listen respectfully and work together instead of slinging mud. Such is modern politics - and I admit I'm one of those people that follows it like it's a blood sport. Which I guess it is. Blessings to you!

    1. Kym, yes , politics today is indeed a blood sport.

      I pray it will not be always thus!

  6. Fun to see the pics of the family, Andrew! And it made me smile to read this week that there was a bit of graciousness in defeat going on in the political realm. Thank You, Lord.

  7. Andrew, you always amaze me at your ability to say so much so well in so little time. I, too, am glad the political push is over for now. Loved the clip! ~ Cindie at BLL

    1. Cindie, thank you for this, and I, too, would not mind NEVER seeing another piece of election mail.

  8. Great post, as always!!!!! Blessings and love to you and Barb and the canine members of the family, too!

    1. Gayl, thank you so much! Henry is sleeping on my foot, but if awake, he'd say Hi.

  9. This country is going the way of 3rd world...breaks my heart.

    1. Susan, I completely agree. We have gone from leadership to banana republic in less than two years.

  10. Andrew, I wonder how many trees gave their lives for all the political mailers? And for what? Enjoyed your clever poetry!! Blessings, Bev