Odd poem: Jimmy Carter, on dead people voting in Georgia | Form in Formless Times

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‘Progress Does Not Always Come Easy’

As a legislator in my state
I drew up my first vote to say
that citizens could never vote again
after they had passed away.

My fellow members faced the troubling issue bravely, locked in hard debate on whether, after someone’s death had come,
three years should be adequate to let the family, recollecting him,
determine how a loved one may
have cast a vote if he had only lived
to see the later voting day.

My own neighbors warned me had gone
too far in changing what we’d always done.
I lost the net campaign, and failed to carry
a single precinct with a cemetery.


Jimmy Carter’s collection of poems‘Always a Reckoning’is unexpectedly good for a politician, and it was a best seller when published in 1995. And this particular poem is not only amusing, but it resonates strangely with…

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Author: Lisa the Infidel

I am an #Infidel - born and bred North Carolina.

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