29 September 2018

It Takes an Egg: Register to Vote Weekend

Egg yolks are the emulsifier in mayonnaise.
Egg yolks are the emulsifier in mayonnaise. milanfoto / Getty Images


Time to knock on doors and enroll voting slackers—
those who might “save the nation” by turning
districts from Republican to Democrat.

Democracy requests we walk about and talk to 
each other. And what if we were curious enough 
to talk with people instead of to them?

We could be the emulsifiers, the eggs who make
temporary blends of oil and water more permanent—
at least tastythrough upcoming elections.  

Or, do you (like me) know we are the eggs but fail 
to join the mix?  Wake up at noon and watch TV,
eat mayonnaise on white breador walk

In various wildernessesforgetting that
neighbors are also nature—and, communing
with trees and birds, think we’re free?



My blog poems are rough drafts.
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© 2018 Susan L. Chast

20 comments:

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I love this notion of being the egg-yolk emulsifiers ... and I too tend to be a bit of a hermit at times, enjoying 'nature' rather more than interacting with other people.

We have compulsory voting here, which some people see as an infringement of freedom, but I tend to think it's a good thing. But that in itself makes it even more imperative to communicate on political matters, to try and sway our fellow voters on issues (and therefore candidates) we feel strongly about one way or the other.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I certainly hope everyone votes this time around. Someone explained to me that your system is based on area rather than individual voter representation, which is why some of the smaller states carry such deciding clout while some of the biggest ones, in terms of voters, dont. Which means every vote counts, as the deck seems to be stacked under this system. I love the lines in your poem about communing with trees and birds. One place to find sanity, at least. Smiles.

Mary said...

I agree it is time to knock on doors. Those of us who hate the way it is right now have to ACT to change things. I agree about talking with people rather than at them. Talking AT is so easy, as then one doesn't need to dialogue. One only needs to lecture. I don't know about the idea of being an emulsifier. I wonder if emulsification will ever happen again. I think a lot of us might be waking up at noon and walking in wildernesses. Maybe in November we will have regrets, wishing we had done more! Your poems always make me think, Susan.

Thotpurge said...

forgetting that
neighbors are also nature— love that, am sure mine think I am driftwood!! The abundance and urgency of poetry for change in so many parts of the world makes me wonder what the "other" side is writing about... does good poetry come only from dissent?

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Yes, we must talk with people. As important here is Australia as in the US.

Old Egg said...

Hopefully voters will think more carefully this time to weigh up what has been achieved over the last two years for the better of the country and its people.
Being an Aussie like Rosemary I know that the vast majority of people vote their government representatives or are fined for not doing so without an excuse!

Anmol (HA) said...

Love how you used the egg metaphor as an emulsifying agent in bringing about an awareness about the importance of voting — it is so important to "talk with people", to make especially those who disagree with us a part of the discourse. It's important for a healthy democracy where all voices are acknowledged and where they help in shaping policy for common good. The closing is also well done.
-HA

Colleen Looseleaf said...

Thanks for the reminder, although I never forget. Sometimes it feel like oil and vinegar, won't mix but tastes good together after being shaken.

Rommy said...

Yay! A fellow canvasser! *Raises her water bottle and shoe inserts in salute*

Magaly Guerrero said...

We lose so much (sometimes everything), when we forget that our often limited view of the world is not the whole truth, all what matters, or all what is needed for better... Walk and find, indeed... get out of your own head for some time... reach out... and join the dance (or fight) for a tomorrow we can all breathe in...

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Love the use of metaphor 'We could be the emulsifiers, the eggs who make temporary blends of oil and water more permanent".. I sincerely hope this time everything turns out alright!💞

brudberg said...

There are always those who never shed their shells... maybe seeing that we the voters are just eggs to make another omelet. May you be successful, the world need another USA than the one we see today.

C. Sandlin said...

I do like this metaphor and the idea that it's only by being in the community that one shares in it.

tonispencer said...

Having made thousands of gallons of mayo in my lifetime, those eggs really have to be beaten to emulsify with the oil. Stuck in the middle if a bunch of trumpian evangelicals, I keep my opinion to myself. I abstain from the community as much as possible except when someone is looking for a lost animal.

ZQ said...

That was a rousing plea ...and well said.
ZQ

Gillena Cox said...

luv your idea of neighbours in the mix of nature

Happy you dropped by my sumie Sunday today

much love.

Wendy Bourke said...

Love this! The imaged metaphors are intriguing and really rather cerebral. The message is spot on and impactful.

The Bizza said...

Oh how I wish we could talk to each other instead of at each other. You make emulsifiers sound so appealing and actually possible on some level.

And yet... and yet...

dsnake1 said...

yes, talking with people is different from talking to them. i guess it requires more engagement. more listening.
anyway, there is a chance at the polls to put it right...

annell4 said...

At times we are all discouraged...but the vote is important.