Carole & I voted this morning before 8:00 at our rural Community Center. I think there are fewer than 300 voters in our voting district and I was number 64. I think turnout is going to be huge, especially among Democrats. People were in a very good mood this morning at the polling place & I think most of them were Obama voters. I think a lot of nominal Republicans are just going to stay home today. Anyway, I was just fantasizing the beginning of a John McCain concession speech: "My friends, we ran a sleazy campaign of lies and character assassination and it blew up in our faces. . ." Right, that's likely. Update: Here is a link to photos Carole took of our polling place.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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  1. Nice photo of your polling station. We voted this morning in lovely Hannawa Falls. Took us all of five minutes, but we were the 113 and 114 voters from our little town. Don’t forget the part where McCain apologizes to the American people for insulting their intelligence by selecting Palin as his Veep.


    Overcast brightly
    we lived in the fields

    every morning two or three
    would fall to the ground

    heavy with their own juice
    I know it’s November

    but where is the ego of this tree
    still a child spinning

    until the body drops away
    that or begging in the streets

    where are the parents of this poem
    every year they go

    into the woods
    to kill the deer.


    The worse 9/11
    was the Bush administration

    it could not even consider
    how disastrous it would be

    the biggest part
    of the problem the mindless

    certainty and childish
    greedy rancor

    let the first requirement
    for leadership be

    a first-rate mind

    in a mood
    of mutual respect.

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