– after the 2014 mid-term elections

Tuesday was wet. Should we have bothered to vote?
Panhandlers, anonymous as a

clutch of laid-off injured football players,
huddle under a freeway. Deputies

watch them from warm cars idling. Politics
is what happens on CNN

in some distant country. We wait in lines
for hot lattes to warm our hands at Starbucks,

muttering before starting our second jobs
assembling complaints of failures on a phone line.

Copyright © 2014 Kurt Lovelace, All Rights Reserved

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