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The votes have been counted;
The funds have been spent.
We pause and we wonder,
Where the time so suddenly went

Some candidates lost
And other candidates won.
While cheers have fallen silent,
Much remains to be done.

We must recharge our energies
And vanquish our fears
Stretching out before us
Lie four turbulent years.

It will not be easy.
Things won’t always be sweet.
But an election victory
Means going forward; we must not retreat!

The majority of voters
Gave us their votes, their hopes, and their trust
To make the American Republic
More unified, prosperous, peaceful, and just

The American people clearly expressed their will
Now those recently elected must fully face
What so many have long avoided
And govern with wisdom and grace.

Many arguments were made.
They often drew exuberant cheers.
Let us now heed the distant echoes
And diligently do our duty for another four years.

© 2012, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.

Larry Conley (36 Posts)

I am a veteran of the U. S. Army. My good fortune is to be married to a wonderful woman and have two remarkable twin sons who are making their way in the world. I taught civics in a Pittsburgh area middle school. I am a cat and dog lover.


  1. “And govern with wisdom and grace.” My favorite line. I know there’s much more to be done, but I’m still caught up in the wonderfulness of the win. I don’t know how much grace is in operation in the House. I simply pray that enough of their constituents will let them know how the American people actually feel about the last four years with their “do virtually nothing” Congress. Oh, well, at least President Obama and Vice President Biden are on our side. Keep getting the message out there, Larry!

  2. Larry Conley (Author)

    Thanks Melody!

    I know what you mean about the wonderfulness of the wing. I am buoyed by that too. Last time, however, we screwed the pooch. This time we need to keep on keeping on.

    Thanks again!


  3. I’m a cynic. I don’t believe that there is anyone going to look after my interests better than myself. I love the rhyme and the pace of this, it’s my kind of poetry.

    • Larry Conley (Author)

      Thanks Danny!

      You actually capture my point. ” Let us now heed the distant echoes
      And diligently do our duty for another four years.”

      We must remain engaged and look out for our interests. We cannot go back to sleep or wander off to pursue shiny objects. The election victory merely gives us a chance, not a guarantee.

      Thanks for your kind words.


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