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One Voice. One Vote. (An Ode to the Struggle) PDF  | Print |  Email
By Pamela Haengel, President, Voting Integrity Alliance, Tampa Bay   
May 06, 2006
We've already covered this. 

 

Nearly a century now gone...

Since women stood with

Raw, aching knuckles

throbbing, swollen ankles

long sweltering days,

freezing cold and icy rain.

Speaking truth in embroidery

that fluttered on a bitter wind.

Suffering torture

at the hands of hypocrites,

Suffering ridicule

at the hands of men,

who preferred them

to just birth babies. 

They risked it all and stood nonetheless.

 

We've already covered this.

 

Fifty years more

and here is Selma

and Rosa and Martin and

Oh!

How they walked

and walked and walked and walked.

Left those buses empty

and useless as a womb

that can only abort.

And they walked

their feet speaking truth

and made men of power

angry so angry,

as they turned

the other cheek

for another glancing blow.

But they risked it all and walked nonetheless.

 

 

 

We've already covered this.

 

Another half-century gone and here is Madness

come 'round again, this time

with invisible votes and slick machines,

a diabolical diamond

scintillating

with a million evil facets

designed to confound.

DREs and TSXs and VVPATs

(Oh my!)

Electronics and glitches

and interpreters and code

And a whole lotta

smokescreen

and dirty money

Oh God of Technology

and no one responsible

in this house of mirrors,

every finger pointing 

in circles at another.

 

So continues this American Struggle

that is 

the very heartbeat of our nation.

And so continues

the hope and the fight

and the labor pains

for the dream

that was.

And shall be again.

For we walk,

and stand,

and follow

in mighty footsteps. 

 

One voice.

One vote.

 

 

We've already covered this.

 

 

--Pamela Haengel, May 6, 2006

 

 

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