The Sunday Poem: Jules Nyquist... Someone Stole My Obama Sign.

If ever there were an election awash in money, this is it.  Fortunately, in a political version of El Niño, most of the national TV ads seem to be passing north of us.  Here in the Land of Enchantment these battles are fought in our front lawns.

Jules is the founder of Jules' Poetry Playhouse in the Factory on 5 Art Space where there are poetry movie nights, special guest readings and tributes and other playful, creative writing things happening.

Someone Stole My Obama Sign
Who did this? A tourist?
Left the metal frame, took the plastic sign
from my front yard in Old Town Albuquerque.
Was it an upset Catholic? Days before there were groups
of trampling, flag-carrying anti-abortion demonstrators
in Tiguex Park.   Hispanics? Blacks? Whites? Agree to
disagree but don’t take my sign. Put up your own damn sign.
You take, take, take but don’t know how to give. Cuts and cuts
and seize with greed and leave an empty frame.
Vacant, the space is still there.
Another sign will go up.
This time on my balcony, out of reach.
I already voted. No matter what candidate wins, my
sign will be here. The moon still shines full and low
over the mountains. No one can take that away.

Poetry submissions are welcome.  Email

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Comment by Izquierdo on November 4, 2012 at 8:02am
A sign of the times, Jules, and relevant. Your poem will surely convert more voters than the sign itself.
Comment by Margaret Randall on November 4, 2012 at 8:21am

Great election poem! It's tempting during this electoral season, with so much twisting of words, to just give up and put all language on hold till the damned thing's over with... if it ever is. Poems like this one remind us we can always pull the words back to their true meaning, nourish them and let them nourish us. Thanks, Jules!

Comment by John Roche on November 4, 2012 at 10:03am

NIce one, Jules! Love the closing lines, that point towards the resilience we need.

Comment by Teresa Gallion on November 4, 2012 at 2:59pm

Nice one Jules.  Like John, love those closing lines.

Comment by Granjero on November 6, 2012 at 8:24am
Maybe it was an Obama supporter who just didn't want to go all the way down to the office to get their own sign?
Comment by Donald George on November 6, 2012 at 12:32pm
In our part of Nebraska, it's hard to find an Obama sign to steal. We are voting for Obama,probaly two of about ten in this town of 1950 who will vote for Obama. Sarah Palin just called to solicit a vote for that tinhorn fourflusher whom I won't name. Sure hope the pollsters have New Mexico right in going for Obama.
Comment by Jules Nyquist on November 6, 2012 at 2:41pm
Thanks everyone for your encouraging words! Vote!


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