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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Last Vote

by Sy Roth

His liver conspired against him,
then the State.
His liver consumed by cancer cells;
his vote by rules.

Relentless cancer chomped and ate
It left one morsel he could digest,
his one rule
duty must prevail.

Before cancer switched off the lights
last act of a living man drove him.
Vote, make choices
despite fading light  and speech.

He did, then died
but the law proclaimed it null
nixed because he died--

Last vote hangs from a tree in limbo.
No matter his service his reality expunged.
Rules trumped
his last human act.

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