outside is the heat; searing bright and merciless
outside men walk to gather votes, speaking, and sweating
outside is their voice, their image and we, common folk, its witness
how little about them we really know
student leaders staged for politics before the show
is it not a burden to take the stand
and fix your person before the crowd?
what is left of the cheers after criticisms and complaints
of those entitled to rights of their own production
how little is the change we see year from year
and still, the hope remains
that what has been is not what will be
because they say “vote not for him, but me”


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