ode to election day

ode to election day

A Poem by h d e rushin
"

thank you Nana for making those hurtleberry sounds.

"
in my fake voice, i've thrown stones
at windows in my pursuit of revolution. 
Afterwards, I punched the air                    furiously
with exaggerated pride.
No one was hurt
but I felt good, smiled, kicking
my legs under the table. Then
that moment came when stones
weren't quite enough. But
I see what you mean Wallace Stevens
when you wished hudibrastic,
mock rhetoric was like the "it"
girl in gym class
who never showered for
fear of her braids fizzing or her
goth, acid washed denim dress
shrinking up above her thighs;
her tee shirt bra pink as doll dreams.
But in case you didn't notice
I pushed Grandma to the polls
this morning and it was hard as f**k
getting her over the speed bump
in the graveled parking lot. But
she cast her vote like a tiger
in the backseat of a station wagon,
spitting out the fur and bones
that history alone forbade
her to swallow.

© 2020 h d e rushin


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This resonates with me something fierce. I am in love with your rhythm and pace. Real doesn’t begin to describe it. I want to buy tickets to your one woman show, you have a orators voice that rivals the best, I’m talking Obama, Churchill, Maya, Streep. All this and I have only read two of your pieces but am guessing you will inspire with the rest. Damn....don’t find this kind of voice often.

Posted 4 Months Ago


h d e rushin

4 Months Ago

thank you dearest for this wonderful review....Stay safe....Covid is real ....dana
Usually I pick up on your point, but this time not so much. Your poem is well written with popping details easily pictured & felt, but I'm not sure how some of this relates to the election -- aside from your graphic description of pushing granny over the speed bump (love your reality stated with ZING!) Some weeks later, it's hard to fathom much about this election, except waiting for a long drawn-out pissing contest to end so hopefully we can experience some bits of progress in this country once again! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 4 Months Ago


h d e rushin

4 Months Ago

thanks margie... There were so many people at the Detroit Department of Elections on November 2 the.. read more
barleygirl

4 Months Ago

Thankful things turned out well in this election with more victories still possible . . .
'Sticks and stones may break my bones
But words shall never hurt me.'

Hmm, 'tis a long throw from 1830 to 2020, and I suspect the author would consider the opposite to be true nowadays.

All praise the wisdom of those wiser heads than ours; as you say, the old people can teach us way more than they can tell us, not the least being, if you have a voice, use it.

Beccy.

Posted 5 Months Ago


h d e rushin

5 Months Ago

so true Beccy. Wisdom is not always the right to interfere . We just have to listen harder....then f.. read more
I am so glad the election is over. We need solid ground. The roller coaster ride isn't over. I miss the old days when two opposite shook hands and no crying. I am hoping and praying for peaceful days and healing. Thank you my dear friend for sharing your words and thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 5 Months Ago


Well Dana, I believe your grandma was one determined lady ... with a determined granddaughter to boot.
Although I am not American, my father was and I have many relatives over there. I am concerned with the going-ons at the moment. Is this the best there is to choose from? A geriatric socialist and a buffoon?
Surely there must be better choices.
I haven't seen this much dissension since the riots in the 60's. I would have thought we were making progress and following Dr. King's thinking that a man or woman should be judged by the content of their character and not the colour of their skin. Perhaps we were wrong and yet we must push ahead ... keep working ... until we are all colour blind.
Your poem was a lovely bit of writing.

Take care ... be safe



Posted 5 Months Ago


h d e rushin

5 Months Ago

thank you Ted Kniffen for those wonderful words...My dad use to speak fondly of the riots in 67 here.. read more
Ted Kniffen

5 Months Ago

I worked for the Windsor Star during that time and had an afternoon paper run to the news stands in .. read more
I see some of that tiger in you too. I like the way you used the concept of time in this poem. I also found the story of this american to be an inspiration.

Posted 5 Months Ago


h d e rushin

5 Months Ago

thank you brother....the old people can teach us way more than they can tell us......dana
The speaker seems to be engaging in gentle self mockery for feeble actions in behalf of causes. Or maybe not, if the "moment when stones weren't quite enough" reference means more than it seems to. Liked the use of the "it" girl as a symbol of mock rhetoric. I think I know to whom this refers. The last part of the poem, where the speaker takes the grandmother to vote is quite moving. Now that's really working for a cause.

Posted 5 Months Ago


h d e rushin

5 Months Ago

thanks John....this Writer's Cafe' place is still a learning place for me. And I can remember clearl.. read more
But you surely got her there...love the line "spitting out the fur and bones/that history alone forbade/her to swallow."
that is quite a statement...a revolution seems to be on the verge.
and I'm sorry, but that whole socialism chant is BS to me...
Just throwing everything but the kitchen sink to try to change the outcome...or just to show frustration at the pending outcome.
this poem is so excellent...we have a long way to go for things to get better, but hopefully this is a start.
thanks for this poem dana,
j.

Posted 5 Months Ago


h d e rushin

5 Months Ago

have we ever known frustration like this though jacob? It's a new feeling that tag's along with new .. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

5 Months Ago

I am quite impressed with your governor, by the way.
h d e rushin

5 Months Ago

thanks jacob....she is quite a remarkable woman....She takes a lot of heat for being resolute , but .. read more
Please give your grandma a hug from the bunny and a big thank you cause it may have been her hard earned vote that turned your state to blue! mine is still in a rather purplish state:( I don't want to leave the city limits right now for fear of random suburban reprisals! I haven't felt this sick after an election since I was informed that trump was the fourth horsemen of the apocalypse after 2016. If Pa does go red I am going to look into having my head frozen and put a note on it that reads please do not reanimate until the worship of mammon, racism & misogyny is defeated and critical thought is taught in all classrooms! Oh yeah and when they reverse 200 years of global pollution. Was wondering if you would mind keeping it in your freezer in the meantime? you would be welcome to take me out for parlor tricks on holidays provided you didn't let me prematurely thaw

Posted 5 Months Ago


h d e rushin

5 Months Ago

thereinafter we purify, detoxify, exfoliate, and then find purpose for this 'evolution' when encoura.. read more
Robert Trakofler

5 Months Ago

I can think of no safer place to intrust my mind than Dana's freezer:/ Hmm didactical deities... hum.. read more
an Ode! i can only imagine the Minstrel who might sing this ;)... you always send me to school with your poetry Dana .. thank you for that .. Wallace Stevens and hudibrastic .. i see your poem turns decidedly female and is powerful in sarcasm and social commentary .. i think is is a lot one can pull form these lines .. so many issues have been brought to the forefront .. battles in politicking that for us are new ..yet history says no ... voter fraud, packing the courts, reorganizing districts, the importance and very clear rolls of our branches of Federal Gov. and the Supreme Court ..the unprecidented extended times allowed for voting ... what i find the best in this cycle .. is the number who have voted ... i pray no fraud is found that makes a difference .. we have and always will have it but it is difficutl to pull of so much that it sways the results .. i love your "Gramma" .. oh how i love her in this .. she reminds me of one of my Aunts who at the age of 109 lived by herself with minimal help and fiercely promoted the discussion of politics and to stand up and be heard .. i see the difficulties some have getting to the polls as that wheelchair plows the speed bump .. the allegory is stunning my friend ... i voted early, in person as is my want ... once i vote .. that's it for me ... come what may i will support and pray for whoever leads this Nation ... we all want success .. strong voice ... i would expect nothing less from you dear friend. peace and joy Dana!
E.

Posted 5 Months Ago


h d e rushin

5 Months Ago

Nana, we found out recently, had no birth certificate . It was deemed early on (in the 30's) that s.. read more
Einstein Noodle

5 Months Ago

ahahaha that's the spirit .. we have to get it out until its ... out ;) me Ma was born on the farm a.. read more

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