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Poetry Friday: Janet Wong Double Feature

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The 31st election to the Senate of the Philippines just recently ended. It was held last Monday, April 13th, the same day I was scheduled to fly back to San Diego. Considered a holiday, I made it to the airport in about half an hour. For that, I was grateful! I never got a chance to participate in the Philippine elections. I do, however, receive updates from Facebook and The Filipino Channel. Election day is always a crucial day in which the people exercise their right to vote.

Whether or not it’s official, I wasn’t too happy with the result of this year’s elections. The masses need to be educated more effectively on who to vote for. At the end of the day, the election is really all about choices, regardless of what the people know or don’t know. And so, for this week’s Poetry Friday, I am sharing two Janet Wong poems taken from her poetry collection, Declaration of Interdependence. Here’s to our bimonthly theme, From Asia with Love, and for making your ballots count and choosing wisely during election days.

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Make Your Ballot Count

Darken the circles completely
(neatly, not outside the lines).

If you don’t know what to do
ask the helpers (follow the signs).

When you punch the holes, be firm
(no worm-like hanging chad).

When your vote is done,
your vote is gone.

A wrong vote? That’s too bad.
A wasted vote: so sad.

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How Do You Choose?

Uncle Al once told me
you can judge a man
by his shoes.
Or shiny and slick?

But of course it’s not enough
to look at shoes
when you’re choosing
a president.


We need a close look
at the socks, too.

What about you?
When does election take place in your country?
What poem have you got for us today?

4 comments on “Poetry Friday: Janet Wong Double Feature

  1. I love it! Yeay – Janet is wnderful. Now off to polish my shoes and make sure I’m not wearing odd socks!


  2. If only voting for the shoes (and socks) was that easy, Fats. I have Janet’s book and have shared many of the poems-each one something to laugh over, but also to talk about seriously. Thanks for the ‘double-take’!


  3. Catherine Johnson

    I read those receny, super poems. I’m sorry you feel people should have known more. It makes a big difference.


  4. Pingback: [Monday Reading] Award-Winning Picture Books from the Philippines: Tight Times and Naku, Nakuu, Nakuuu! |

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