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Voting by Ian M. Emberson

by Pirouette

It was strange really
that the swallows returned on polling day -
two of them
chasing each other
perhaps in play or combat
above the old school polling station.
I went in
voted as usual :
"Billie Haigh
married - one child
six years on council",
then, coming out,
I noticed a curious pattern in the sky -
two strands of cirrus
forming a cross.
Maybe, I thought,
one of the Gods has voted -
drawing his mark up there on heaven's blue.
But what has he voted for ? -
something to do with tax reform,
or a fall in the cost of postage ? -
or just that year by year
and age by age
swallows return.

by Ian M. Emberson

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Re: Voting by Ian M. Emberson (Score: 1 )
by maryanns on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 (13:44:20)
Beautifully done, to take an average sort of event and draw in such delicate detail, very enjoyable artistry for your reader. In the end, a sense of resignation prevails... I can truly relate.

Thank you and best wishes, Mary Ann

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    Re: Voting by Ian M. Emberson (Score: 1 )
    by Pirouette on Friday, March 02, 2012 (03:33:03)
    Thanks for comments. The incident relates to my former home in
    the small village of Thurstonland near Huddersfield. There really was a councillor named Billy Haigh, and I sent him a copy of the poem - which he carried around with him everywhere !
    Best wishes,
    Pirouette ( Ian )

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