When Children Can Vote

Children Voting

When Children Can Vote

Chocolate dining halls,
finger paint on all walls
(when kids are allowed to vote)
video games all day
schooling goes its own way,
political champs gloat
all amusement parks thrive
pre-pubescents can drive
(if babes are granted the vote.)


Written for:

Prompt: Vote

And also written for:

Imaginary Gardens

A Mini-Challenge for Sunday – A Hungarian Dance…

I combined two prompts. Sunday Scribblings asked for poems on VOTE. I thought writing about kids voting was amusing. Didn’t know what direction or form to take until I saw the Imaginary Garden With Real Toad prompt which was for writing a poem based on Bálint Balassi, a multilingual Hungarian Renaissance lyric poet who wrote using The Balassi Stanza/Strophe, which consists of this form:

x. x. x. x. x. a
x. x. x. x. x. a
x. x. x. x. x. x. b
x. x. x. x. x. c
x. x. x. x. x. c
x. x. x. x. x. x. b
x. x. x. x. x. d
x. x. x. x. x. d
x. x. x. x. x. x. b

Photo Credit: syracuse.com.  “Westhill Pupils Vote”

About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on November 20, 2011, in http://sundayscribblings.blogspot.com/, imaginary garden with real toads, Poetry, Sunday Scribblings and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. If kids could vote the world might just be a better place to live in, who knows?

  2. PS. I will always follow the links on Real Toads, so there is no need to leave your URL on my blog.

  3. The immediate reaction is “of course you cannot give children the vote as they would vote for self interest such as no tax on toys, greater freedom and more leisure time (plus giving vent to their disapproval of green vegetables). Come to think of that is exactly how we vote now!

    • LOL. There are so many ignorant/stupid people voting and weak minded people who vote for whomever their spouse or parent or boss says to vote for…it really would not make a difference.

  4. you know they may vote smart than many that i know…the ones that are in office now in the house and senate act like children fighting each other instead of focusing on solving issues…nice job on the two…

  5. I often liken democracy to kids voting for their own principal. Doesn’t really work. I like your take on the prompt

  6. I think if kids could vote it would be one heck of an interesting place…can’t be any worse than it is now for sure 😉

  7. The adults vote like children for the person who they think will give them the most goodies. We need to grow up.

  8. An interesting form and a delightful poem 🙂

  9. Laffin @ the driving…

    I think we should try it. They can’t screw things up any worse than their parents have done!

  10. It sounds like children would approach voting pretty much the way everyone else does. We imagine adults have the greater good at heart, but do they? Do they really?

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  11. Nice form and message…why not?

    A creative write, I like it ~

  12. I like the way you combined the two prompts, and the strophe works well. I agree with the majority–we might have more fun if kids voted, and also, we might have better leaders if we could vote for them. ;_)

  13. pre-pubescents can drive,such a scary thought,good write.

  14. love it! my kids were holding an election just this morning 🙂

  15. Give them the vote I say! Things can only get better.

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