Colin F. Jones

THE VETERAN VOTE

Babies cry but cannot tell you why,
Dogs despair while they also try…
Veterans are like dogs and babies too,
That’s why they argue; just like me and you.
What of the silences; when we do not speak?
Absent within ourselves and meek…
Or angry at the fondest loving touch,
Grating gears with a slipping clutch!
A baby keeps you awake most of the night;
A barking dog until the morning light,
That when some know all pollie makes a speech,
Into his loudly yapping jaws we gently reach,
And ram a night of incubi down his throat…
Then stitch his mouth up with a negative vote