1251 – The Election

The Election
Secret: all they’re voting on is what to have for dinner.

The Ersatz Election

Election day had reached its close at last.
The tension through the room was dense and strong.
Miss Tillis tallied every vote we’d cast,
but then, bewildered, uttered, “Something’s wrong…”

“Apologies to Jill and Angelo.
You ran a decent, dignified campaign,
but with a ballot cast for ‘I don’t know’,
it seems somebody’s chosen to abstain.”

“So as it stands, we’re tied at ten to ten.
Since none prevailed, determine what we’ll do:
Another vote, but risk this draw again?
Defenestrate the ballots and be through?”

The candidates retreated from the room,
to talk, debate, deliberate, discuss…
The classroom sat as silent as a tomb
’till their return, their choice revealed to us:

“We’ve reckoned that the undecided voice
should designate our winning nominee.
Empower them to make the outright choice
for leader of our class democracy.”

With glaring sneers and sinister disdain,
the students fussed, and cussed, and sussed to see
which milquetoast kid had managed to refrain,
and everyone deduced that it was me.

Accused, I rose, and sheepishly decried,
“You’re both my friends, and hence, I couldn’t choose.
It seems unfair that now I must decide,
which one of you shall win, and which should lose.”

Miss Tillis shushed the agitated class
which rankled from the words I had to say.
An understanding nod, she pried, “Alas,
who gets to be our president today?”

I muttered, “If it’s really up to me…
…then I elect…
…another candidate.”
And that is how our hamster came to be
the President of Classroom Two-Oh-Eight.

Thursdays are dog days!

This is my round five poem for the March Madness poetry competition. I’m pretty pleased with this one.

Author: Samuel Kent

I'm a dad who wants to share his labor of love with the world. I also happen to be an award-winning artist and poet. Follow the lunchbox doodles and poems on twitter: @LunchboxDoodler!

2 thoughts on “1251 – The Election”

  1. I love this poem! Saw it first looking at the competition from last year, and came across it randomly again tonight. Great rhythm, challenging but perfect word choices, and a great twist. After your amazing run through the #MMPoetry tourney last year, I’m surprised not to see you in the bracket again…

    1. I really love the competition, but this year, I need a break to keep my focus sharp. I’m over-committed as is. There are a lot of great poets in the tournament this year and I’m looking forward to cheering on from the sidelines. Next year I will likely return, though.

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