I voted for the rainbow
I voted for the cry of a loon
I voted for my grandfather’s bones
That feed beetles now
I voted for a singing brook that sparkles
under a North Dakota bean field.
I voted for the salty air through which the whimbrel flies
South along the shores of two continents
I voted for the melting snow that returns to the wellspring of
darkness, where the sky is born from the earth.
I voted for the daemonic mushrooms in the loam
and the old democracy of worms
I voted for the wordless treaty that cannot be broken
by white men or brown, because it is made of star semen,
thistle sap, hieroglyphs of the weevil in prairie oak.
I voted for the local, the small, the brim
that does not spill over, the abolition of waste,
the luxury of enough.
I voted for the commonwealth of the ancient forest
a larva for every beak, a wing-tinted flower
for every moth’s disguise, a well-fed mammal’s corpse
for every colony of maggots.
I voted for open borders between death and birth
I voted on the ballot of a fallen leaf of sycamore
that cannot be erased, for it becomes the dust and rain,
and then a tree again.
I voted for more fallow time to cultivate wild flowers
more recess in schools to cultivate play,
more leisure, tax free, more space between days.
I voted to increase the profit of evening silence
and the price of a thrush song
I voted for ten million stars in your next inhalation.
Submitted by Wendy Condrat