An Independent’s Lament

independent lament

Caught in the middle,

I stand alone.

Not conservative enough for some; not liberal enough for others.

Not swayed by emotion in the political, but the practical,

I stand alone.

“Don’t you agree?” my friends ask hopefully after their latest rant.

I smile mysteriously and change the subject.

I stand alone.

No, I will NOT tell you who I am voting for.

My vote is my right and my own.

I stand alone.

I will not vote for expediency or because a person is “going to win anyway.”

I will not vote for a person because of the color of their skin or their gender.

I stand alone.

I will vote my conscience, which may not be the same as yours.

I do not think less of you for voting differently, why should you think less of me?

I stand alone.

-Teressa Morris, 2016

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