Thursday, November 4, 2010

55 - my sticker says i voted

i don't claim to
tell the future but...

a brown paper towel
scrapes your fingers,
removing ink from the whorls
where it lingers.
they take a picture,
reduce your name to a number
buzz you into a cell

(slam)

& do U wonder
crime committed?

not speaking up
when you had the chance.

silence.

convicted.

Tell a story in 55 words. Give it a try or just read more, go see g-man.

93 comments:

slommler said...

That is so how it could happen too!! Yikes!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Steven Anthony said...

silence kills. Brilliant my friend

Titanium said...

If everyone who posted the "I voted" badge on Facebook actually HAD voted, the turnout would have been something like 168% of registered voters. Amazing, is it not? Slacktivism is a disease.

Paul C said...

Shirking one's civic duty is a neglected malady, alright.

Bridgette said...

I voted! :)

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian...
Question: If a person don't vote do they have the right to complain if politicians, don't do the things that they want done?

Brian, after re-reading your post are you saying not voting "should be" a...crime.
Should I just add the word...Duh! here somewhere?

Nice use of 55 words Brian, Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

dustus said...

"removing ink from the whorls" Nice impression there and overall. Nice 55!

The Retired One said...

In answer to one of your commentors, even though one does not vote they DO have the right to complain..because thankfully, it is America.
But I voted and feel a moral obligation to do so. The question really should be, how many people went to the polls and voted without being fully informed?

Mighty M said...

Awesome! I vote by mail in the comfort of my own home though (if you don't count my husband trying to tell me how to vote!). :)

Katherine said...

Silence can be golden under the right circumstances but sometimes silence can have a catastrophic outcome & breed contempt.
This year in Australia we were faced with an election that found a lot of Australians in a quandary about what to do. Some found that silence was the best way to scream out, if you know what I mean.
I voted...although I was not very happy with the choices we had before us. Now I have my fingers, toes & everything crossed that I marked the right box!

Alice Audrey said...

Yeah, you gotta get to the polls and help drown out those votes from all the idiots.

Monkey Man said...

Vote by mail in Oregon. Takes some of the fun out of the old traditions. My 55 is HERE .

CM said...

Are you admitting you didn't vote or am I reading that wrong?

Very strong message. The problem is who do you vote for if both candidates (or all 3) are all terrible options that you don't agree with?

Brian Miller said...

oh no...i voted...

Someone Is Special said...

silence, lovely 55 Brian..

Mine is here, Golden Days

--Someone Is Special--

Cheryl said...

Only positions I don't vote for are the ones I'm not informed about. I remember writing in a candidate for a presidential primary. Foolishly I shared this with a coworker. He was livid. "Wasted a vote." Not in my opinion. I voted my conscience. Always have; always will.

Kate Hanley said...

It's too scary to think about but you're right.

Miss Nikki said...

I wish I had the privilege to vote...

Vodka Mom said...

i voted.

Jannie Funster said...

Yep, speak up for what you believe in if you know it's for the greater good.

xo

G-Man said...

I agree 100% Son...
Most excellent civic minded 55.
I'm so glad you changed your mind.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

5thsister said...

Preaching to the choir, Brian. Bloggers are an interesting lot. I don't think any one of us has a problem with being silent. I do know that we cannot, and will not, be silenced by any regime, be it "right" or "left". Good one...made me think!

sheila said...

Awesome 55! I voted too. I LOVE Titaniums comment, lol...I bet that's so true!

Anyhow...I'd never be the one in your 55. I have too big of a mouth, lol.

Mine's up here
Have a great weekend!

lime said...

even though it felt like shouting into the wind i took time to do my civic duty.

Teri said...

The key: not speaking up when you had the chance. Always speak your mind. No one will know what you are thinking if you don't and if you don't agree...well then, a chance to convince or be convinced.

Lori said...

Nice! I am thankful that I took the time to be informed and to vote from my heart...that isn't the easiest thing to do. :)

Teresa said...

This is certainly one all young people should be reading. Nice message here.

Linda said...

I don't know how you manage to tell such stories in so few words. This one just caught me by surprise. It's wonderful Brian!

MIke Kilgore said...

Freedom ain't free! Right on, Bro....

Velvet Over Steel said...

I agree with SueAnn; it could so happen that way! Great job here.. again! :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!!
Hugs,
Coreen

The Muse said...

Amen...
slam
clink
and pronounced.

it could just happen.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

We can only account for ourselves. -J

Myrna R. said...

Great way to express irritation with those who don't vote. I did and I hope...I hope.

gayle said...

Wow! Great job as always!

Daniel said...
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Daniel said...

O.K. so I posted my comment, but it was too opinionated. So I deleted it. While I do not necessarily agree with the trend of some of the opinions of others here, I support you and how you expressed yourself through this post. Blessings my friend.

Lu Ann said...

Oops... never wanted so bad to go back in time!

Brian Miller said...

i hear you D...and unlike everyone else...i got to see what you wrote and no i dont disagree...i would be interested in hearing some of the reasons though...

Hilary said...

Tis indeed a crime.

Betsy said...

I voted! And I'm actually happy with most of the results! :)

magiceye said...

LIFE CAN BE CRUEL!

Dorraine said...

Wish I could have shared your words on election day. You slipped in wisdom in 55 words. Impressive!

I always vote. :-)

Tracy said...

I voted. Apparently not enough. LOL.

JeffScape said...

Hehehe... I don't usually stop by to read "55s," but your title snagged me.

I dig this one.

TALON said...

So true...not voting just doesn't make sense to me. We have a voice and we should use it.

moondustwriter said...

some things I voted for passed others didn't. I can be content in the fact that I voiced my opinion - wish I could do it louder

nice 55

and thanks for being you Bri!!!


Moonie smiles

Nancy said...

"not speaking up when you had the chance"

I wonder how many atrocities could have been avoided?

Pseudo said...

This reminds me of a song.. Dave Matthews I think

Well the judge said to me, "Son what is your alibi, if you were somewhere else then you won't have to die."
I said not a word, though it meant my life; cause I'd been in the arms of my best friend's wife.....

Belinda said...

Ah, good one and I agree. Vote by mail (with no excuse needed) would certainly help increase voter turnout. Still, so many have lost faith in the system and getting them back is a real challenge.

adeeyoyo said...

How many of us think, at one stage or another, that our vote is so miniscule it won't make a difference. How wrong we are - all the little crosses add up! Good one, Brian.

anthonynorth said...

Yep, it's important, yet ... after the recent election in the UK, and two parties coming together to form a Coalition, not one voter got what they voted for.

Just Be Real said...

What a powerful 55! I can hear those cell doors slamming. Blessings Brian.

Nessa said...

When I hear people complain, bitch and moan I always ask them what they have done to be part of the solution. I get a lot of blank stares.

Dave King said...

Very impressive, one of the best I've read.

Lorraine said...

wow this is cool. i love the way you think, and of course how you write it

izzy said...

Yup ! speaking up- hard to do in a timely manner, but ya-betta-do-it-fast, or loose your hide...Good One! love the beginning especially.

forever lost said...

great! thx for coming by! do you sleep? LOL

Sandi McBride said...

Very astute, thanks for the reminder of what could happen...
Sandi

BLOGitse said...

It's going to be interesting to see what happens in near future...
Now it's going to be very difficult to make decisions but compromising is the only way to work together, for the American people and world.

Lyn said...

Not speaking up..and the world comes to an end..I find this to be very creative and important!!

Eaton Bennett said...

Democracy is a very strange thing indeed. We vote, they get into power, then turn their attention to everything but governing in a manner that is 'for the people, by the people, of the people'... So do our voices mean anything anyway?

It is true though, if we keep silent when our voices might be heard and counted for something, we have bypassed our obligations

Politics is a provoking subject, you did it justice. :))

Zuzana said...

So poignant in a few lines. Everyone can make a difference, every vote counts.
Here in Scandinavia the voting participation is always around 80-90%.
Have a great Friday dear Brian,
xoxo

Austin said...

Well written, (Now I sit here with fingers on the keys wondering for any reason to add an opinion) Very well written!

Vicki Lane said...

Voting is not only a right but a duty.

Akelamalu said...

One should always use one's vote - it's a crime not to.

sarah said...

excellently written....our right to be heard

Magpie said...

Puts a lot into perspective, Brian. The right to vote is like everything else - Use it or lose it.
Have a happy weekend!

Joanie M said...

I wasn't silent. I voted! And all my guys won!

Matty said...

They got my vote. The ones who deserve it.

annell said...

Good! This time you said so much, with so little! Thanks.

Eric Alder said...

Yet another reason to go vote - because you can (without going to jail!) Nice 55!

ladyfi said...

Brilliant - we must all speak up against the injustices in the world.

gospelwriter said...

Brilliant 55 - love what you say without saying...

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Jen said...

I didn't because I neglected to educate myself on the ballot and didn't want to make an ignorant vote just because. I'll do better next time.

I have not once failed to vote in a presidential election since I was 18.

Susan at Stony River said...

Lots to think about in that one -- and so timely.

I voted, and took the kids: 'this is what you DO, you promise me --'
LOL

drybottomgirl said...

My oldest came with me to vote. He stood right next to me, looked over the ballot and watch me fill in the circles of my choices. It was a nice experience for both of us. He was really into the last presidential campaign, and I am glad that his generation is getting informed so they can be involved in the future! Great 55 and hoping you have a sweet weekend....

Claudia said...

yep - still think it's really good..my fav line is...reduce your name to a number..that's really strong brian

budh.aaah said...

Wow nice nay brilliant!

Linda said...

Nice...and final. Guess one should always speak up. Didn't realize you were alluding to voting, though.

Unknown Mami said...

Silence is not always golden.

Lulda Casadaga said...

Never know when the freedom bell will stop ringing...I may have to leave before that happens.

Otter Thomas said...

I voted too even though I'm not sure how that fits in here. Feel free to laugh. I'm lost as usual.

Heather said...

powerful...yes, we have the right, we MUST vote! xo

Mama Zen said...

This is too cool, Brian!

Candie Bracci said...

Great post Brian!You spoke!

Sh@s said...

Each vote has a value but only if we made a responsible choice.

kavisionz said...

This is how one must feel after casting a vote and realizing what they just did!!!

I really (I mean REALLY) liked the way you put it, B! That nagging feeling... deep inside... you just "know" something's wrong somewhere! Or is it??

Good one, Brian!! AS ever!!!

Tina said...

I voted. Otherwise you forfeit your right to complain. And I totally stole that line from another friend's facebook page.

Goofball said...

Belgians don't have the right to vote, they have the duty to vote. We get fined if we don't show up.


Then we have a lot of "protest" parties and blank votes.

secret agent woman said...

I voted! I knew it was futile in my state, but I feel it's an obligation.

Syd said...

I am glad to have voted. It didn't turn out the way I voted but time will tell on all of that.

Marla said...

Excellent!