poet Denise Duhamel

Denise Duhamel

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Exquisite Politics

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

Poem Submitted: Friday, December 23, 2011

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/28/2020 12:03:00 PM)

    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 Very good poem. tony

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  • Dominic WindramDominic Windram (3/28/2020 5:59:00 AM)

    A cynical look at the farcical spectacle of modern day politics in America...great stuff!

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (3/28/2020 5:53:00 AM)

    Someday I won't politic anymore, my big heart will stop. I never like politics, they are so unstabkle like one's crazy mind who is now at the first place in the USA and is talking stupidly all the time. IF I were you, dear ladies, I am really disheartened, having a president below the average standard. As a poetess, I have never heard any more stupid, true imaginable how you both must have felt..CONGRATULATIONS being chosen as the MPOTD!

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (3/28/2020 4:18:00 AM)

    In world everything is beautiful
    But politics such a word where the good heart one always gets bad smell from inside though outside is artificially graceful!

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/28/2020 2:52:00 AM)

    Great work on politics. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the modern poem of the poem of the day for second time.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/29/2019 11:46:00 AM)

    Politics is a slug copulating in a Poughkeepsie garden.
    Politics is a grain of rice stuck in the mouth
    of a king. satire, politics. tony

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (3/28/2019 11:35:00 AM)

    A great satire on politics.
    Clever and incisive.

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  • Tom Allport (3/28/2019 8:11:00 AM)

    Ah..... POLITICS the bane of mankind.

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  • Julia Luber (3/28/2019 3:04:00 AM)

    FAscinating metaphors about politics being a force of ignorance.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (3/28/2019 1:35:00 AM)

    amazing expression on politics-
    Politics is a slug copulating in a Poughkeepsie garden.
    Politics is a grain of rice stuck in the mouth...///

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  • Lyn PaulLyn 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 ChakraSubhas 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 LouisEdward Kofi Louis (3/28/2018 1:12:00 PM)

    My big heart! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Glen KappyGlen 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

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