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it doesn’t take being president

Music refuels,
while noise
depletes.

I remembered this
when a post I’d
forgotten I’d
scheduled
went live
earlier.

Noise:
it is everywhere.

I want
to make
music.

So I will
make some
music, speaking not
of what depletes me,
but singing what
brings me joy,
and fills me
with
hope.

Today,
that’s this guy
named Bernie,
who turned
upside down
everything
I knew
about
U.S.
politics.

In a world
of settling for
what was there,
and compromising
because I could never
hope to dream of a
a candidate
who truly
represents
me,

I found one
who did.

When others
shouted he should
just go home, and
stop fracturing
frail alliances,
he smiled
and kept
right on
going.

Their
shouting
was noise
to him, compared
to the music of those
who thanked him for
representing them
in ways they had
never known
possible.

He kept
going, and going,
striving for more music,
for more people, until–at
long last–he acknowledged
more people would benefit
by his standing aside;
instead of cursing
the imbalanced
landscape, he
found his
balance
upon it.

He committed
to maintaining
his balance,
and
to keep speaking,
keep working,
for justice;
I

I found
inspiration
in a man who
exemplifies, to me,
what it means to be
a mensch–to represent,
and to keep going
against the odds.

This man will not
be U.S. president next year,
but it doesn’t take being
president to effect
profound, loving
change.

He demonstrated to me
how much can be changed
not by quitting just because
a loud few yell you ought,
but doing what you know
to be right, with love
and conviction
and hope
in your
heart.

Today,
his brother Larry,
with voice cracking, said,
“It is with enormous pride
that I cast my vote
for Bernie
Sanders,”
and there,
there it was:
music in
words of
loving
for,

the
kind I
want
to
make.

When I cast a vote
for Hillary, make
no mistake:

I am really
casting my vote
for Bernie, and for all I
know he can and will
continue to accomplish
no matter the title
preceding
his name.

(It will be
so much easier
for him to ensure
better lives for all
with her in the White House.)

So:
I’m with him,
and if being with him
means also being with her,
well then, that is
a fair price
to pay.

I believe
one man
can change
the world, and so
I will do what I can
to help raise up
his voice
in
singing,
together
with millions
of souls of like
heart, whose voices
I am so glad I got–get
to hear singing
in harmony
with
mine.

We will
continue to
sing together
for change.

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  1. July 26, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Nice

  2. Paul
    July 27, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Any person preferred by the birds has my support:

  3. Karin Antal
    July 27, 2016 at 11:02 am

    YES!!!

  4. July 29, 2016 at 3:24 am

    Nice

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