Denise Duhamel

(1961 / Woonsocket, Rhode Island)

Exquisite Politics - Poem by Denise Duhamel

The perfect voter has a smile but no eyes,
maybe not even a nose or hair on his or her toes,
maybe not even a single sperm cell, ovum, little paramecium.
Politics is a slug copulating in a Poughkeepsie garden.
Politics is a grain of rice stuck in the mouth
of a king. I voted for a clump of cells,
anything to believe in, true as rain, sure as red wheat.
I carried my ballots around like smokes, pondered big questions,
resources and need, stars and planets, prehistoric
languages. I sat on Alice's mushroom in Central Park,
smoked longingly in the direction of the mayor's mansion.
Someday I won't politic anymore, my big heart will stop
loving America and I'll leave her as easy as a marriage,
splitting our assets, hoping to get the advantage
before the other side yells: Wow! America,
Vespucci's first name and home of free and brave, Te amo.


by Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton


Comments about Exquisite Politics by Denise Duhamel

  • Lyn Paul (3/28/2018 4:46:00 PM)


    Many vote only because we have to. Not supporting any of the parties. It is ridiculous the amount politicians are paid. It would be wonderful for a turn around where we stop paying half of these politicians and bring in the public for honesty.
    Enjoyed reading.
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (3/28/2018 4:32:00 PM)


    Politics is a slug copulating in a Poughkeepsie garden.
    Politics is a grain of rice stuck in the mouth
    What a realistic viewpoint!
    Loved the way you presented this master piece.
    Subhas
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/28/2018 1:12:00 PM)


    My big heart! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2018 10:51:00 AM)


    I voted for a clump of cells, anything to believe in, Preach. People vote, support people for the oddest reason. It may have nothing to do with their values, actions, experience.......crazy (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (3/28/2018 8:45:00 AM)


    wow! does this sound up-to-date. i wonder when it was penned. and what if duhamel wrote it in the last year or so? i definitely relate, and it doesn't hurt that the locations she mentions are from the city of my birth and upbringing. -gk (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (3/28/2018 7:18:00 AM)


    It is politics. You can give it many more definitions. Very nice poem indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/28/2018 6:16:00 AM)


    Politics is a grain of rice stuck in the mouth......nice expression. Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/28/2018 1:14:00 AM)


    Such a profound poem by Denise Duhamel👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 23, 2011



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