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Poem: I won't vote for a camel-

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Posted on January 12, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



I won’t cast one vote for a camel-

 

haired coat. I’d rather be thrown-out

in the snow and live in my state

of standing up, saying no.

 

It doesn’t know my neighbors

and I love sleeping in the cold

like an electable deer. I could

 

say doe, if I was sure what I saw

stepping in next March to our school

gym. Where we stand up to speak

 

our Johnson-milled minds in our

red and black deer hunting coats.

Say strong words for which

 

we won’t be cast out. Although we love

to think of ourselves sometimes

as national outcasts, more Canadian

 

and Abenaki. More likely to have

a camel mixed in with our sheep

like my neighbor in Ferrisburgh.

 

Who keeps one in sight, his head

a giant shoe sticking out of his barn.

I laugh every time I drive north to Burlington,

 

here in Vermont. Where I’m walking in

to the Flynn so I can sleep in the snow.

Where I’m told the coat’s going on and on.

— Gary Margolis, Cornwall

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