‘Twas The Night Before Elections

Dear Editor,

Just a bit of fun to make people stop and think before they vote. Cronyism has no place in politics please remember that.


‘Twas the night before the elections when all thru the town

Not a creature was stirring because none could be found.

The ballots were printed and stacked with great care

In hopes that the voters soon would be there.

The people were sleeping, all snug in their beds

While visions of change danced in their heads.

The mayor, the council, yes, the pro temp too

Were all settling in for another term, heck maybe two!

When out in the town there arose such a clatter

People sprang from their homes to see what was the matter.

And what to their wondering eyes did they see

But a brand new unwanted water subsidy!

The council and members of the committees they’d made

All met together to praise the projects they laid.

“Now round-about! Now Starbucks! Now new homes galore!

Let’s do what we want, because, well, we do know more!”

“Come agents, developers, and builders, yes you too!

Let’s make more than we can handle, what can the people do?”

Yes, our resources are pushed beyond their natural limit

But who cares and who knows whose pockets are in it?!

Our schools they are bursting right out at the seams

But that’s not our problem, tell people it’s in their dreams.

They continued their agenda saying “it’s in the Town’s Plan”

And they smiled and laughed and shook each others hand.

They spoke not a word but went straight to their “work”

Informing small businesses how they too could earn a town perk.

“We have government money, it’s all ours to spend”

Never mind how we got it or what it costs in the end.

Let’s give ourselves raises because we’ve so much to do

Forget this pandemic or how it influenced you.

Then they sprang to their cars, to their cronies did wave

And away they went thinking we must spend not save!

I heard them exclaim as they all drove away

“Vote people vote, but only if for MY way!”

So remember on Tuesday as you go to that booth

Vote conscience and reason, not what you’re told is their truth!


Doing things in the name of progress isn’t always progress.

Angela Turner