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Time for a People's President?
by Helga Ross

Sunday, January 13, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Inspired by 'my' favorite candidate: John Edwards
who dropped out of the race Jan. 30/08, after this was written:
A piece of pure confession; wishful thinking; historical whimsy.

"Well, the tragedy is over. The failure is complete. I turn my head and go away.
I took my share in this fight for the impossible."
~Albert Camus

Your passion speaks to me,
distinctively, with a lilt of local accent,
soft as Southern Comfort, with a kick.
And sweet as it is to these ears,
a swig goes down smooth—the taste translates—
and the tone deaf switch gears.
For the change-challenged: A chaser,
and your message moves the conversation.
Or, ignored,
100 proof will pack a punch, from sips.

Straight talk in dulcet tones,
is more potent than it seems—I feel it.
Seems to me, transcends
the self—You mean it. The delivery
is in the body language—Read it.
You exude youth, in maturity,
and energy, sincerity—I see it:
You want so much to serve.
I want it, too, feeding hope.
To fear your efforts fail, hurts.

You remind me who inspired me,
made me believe—in Peace Corps,
in Camelot—Kennedy.
The look. The moral force.
Reviving kindred cares,
(then, was a Cold War scare)
of a future I dare hope for—like before—
with you to lead, and help us bear,
repair the backdraft
of the last man’s reckless acts.

You’re Southern and self-made—
and, sadly, white and Southern male
doesn’t resonate like black and female—
an underdog, among the rock-star, media,
darlings, and the monied.
The man we’ve seen fight for what’s right
in the past; and need you
to fight to the last,
should your cause—our voice—be lost.

© Helga Ross 2008  

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Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 1/17/2008
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 1/14/2008
A-MEN!!!!! Hope he has a chance. His wife's health will be raised to a much bigger issue than it should, and the odds appear right now to be with Hillary. I, too, am convinced that Edwards is our man. A g o o d man who would be a g r e a t president. Thanks for writing
and posting this!!! V e r y well put!!! 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 1/14/2008
It is time for one thought/Q: IS THE MAJORITY RIGHT?

I have enjoyed the reading of "Time for a People's President?".

I salute You, Poet.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/13/2008
i agree-you have written a fine write to endorse this candidate
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 1/13/2008
This is an excellent endorsement for a fellow south carolinian who may very well fool the whole lot.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/13/2008
I don't live in your country but I can feel your passion, Helga. Love and peace to you with my best wishes,


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