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Chosen

I lied. I thought I’d avoid election eve results but between my own overwhelming curiosity and Laura’s, we’ve been glued to the computer since coming home from curling; we have only the two Canadian TV stations and neither is covering the election until the late evening news. Laura is madly and gleefully filling in her electoral college map.

I needed something to read by the computer, so I grabbed a poetry book from the shelf around the corner. I decided nothing could be better for tonight than Carl Sandburg, a man of the people, a man from Main Street who knew how to use words and who was born and raised in Illinois. The title of the book in my hand is Rainbows Are Made, which seems a good thought for tonight.

Choose
by Carl Sandburg

The single clenched fist lifted and ready,
Or the open asking hand held out and waiting.
Choose:
For we meet by one or the other.

I am relieved that so many of us chose the open hand rather than clenched (“Fight, fight!”) fist.

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2 Responses

  1. My first comment, but I often read your blog and enjoy your takes on education, kids, books and more. I teach at a little tiny school in Japan where almost all the students are Korean-Japanese: today I called them in to watch the electoral map change colors on my computer, and they were almost as excited as I was to see the results in real time.
    Thank you especially for this lovely post, especially the title of the Sandburg book, which brought tears to my eyes (dumb me). Hope for the best.

  2. Nozomi, thank you for your very kind words, and for coming out of lurking — I hope it will be the first of many comments! This is our first year with high speed internet, and the first US election where we’ve been able, without television coverage, to follow the news as it happens. Thrilling.

    My 11yo was still awake at 10 pm mountain time when Obama gave his acceptance speech — she was so excited to be able to watch.

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