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Limerick - To Vote Or Not To Vote

Updated on November 5, 2014

To Vote Or Not To Vote

I think I might not vote,

For it's very plain to see,

The man I'd like to vote for.

Wouldn't want to win the office.

I know. That man is me.

I suspect we could benefit from more youth in the stodgy halls of most legislatures.

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Limerick

The lead candidate for office

Was a youngster, just a novice.

She was barely just come eighteen.

On her campus, a student queen.

But I'd rather vote her "goddess."

She's a West Virginian, too!

Truth Or Consequences used to be on radio.

Then it became the name of a town in New Mexico.

Stranger than that, in 2014 there was a good chance that an 18 year old young woman, with the aid of friends, family, and other supporters, would be elected to the West Virginia Legislature!

Truth is there she was, featured on PBS Nightly News stuffing 4,000 handwritten campaign pieces to be mailed to potential constituents.

Ms. Saira Blair is the daughter of a supportive dad who is himself a seated senator in the WV legislature, and beaming all over as he, his daughter, and other family members, friends, and supporters worked on this recent step in "getting out the vote."

If she hasn't already been her high school's prom queen, it is very likely she was in the running for that "office," too. And she won the Republican primary as a17 year old high school senior. She is now 18 and in her freshman year of college. A vivacious young woman who once helped her father in his campaigns, Ms. Blair is now getting his help in her own campaign.

It's a great story, of a good young woman, a supportive family and community, that says a lot about what good old drive and determination can do in America....at any age.

Postscript: Ms. Blair won the delegate seat on a conservative platform with almost two-thirds of the votes counted in the 2014 midterm election. She will be taking time off next semester to continue her political education when seated as the delegate from West Virginia's 59th District. (See the link below for a photo and more details.)

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Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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    • Perspycacious profile image
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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - I might add: and a credit to her generation. We need them involved at a level of more than just responding to charisma. Legislating for a district, a state, and a country, takes more than glib talk, herd mentality, and unswerving party loyalty.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      SOmetimes it takes a novice to turn around the majority's way of thinking. May this young woman be a credit to her consituents.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      teaches12345 - There are only two ways to go forward, either she will or she will become just another politician that we have seen too many of already. It could start with the fact that she will receive a salary of $20,000 a year and whatever other benefits West Virginias' state legislators receive. It's nice money toward tuition!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      It is so refreshing to hear of youth so interested in being a part of our governing affairs. I hope she only becomes stronger in her ethical approach to politics.

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      Twilight Lawns 3 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Not being an American, I have no idea what you are referring to, but I still maintain that form in a poem needs to be recognised and adhered to if it is to be given a specific name.

      Call your poem a five line verse, and it would be none the less interesting and valid. I hope you aren't thinking that I am negatively criticising yours... I found it interesting and amusing. And I would not give your hub the thumbs down, because the quality of your writing was well above that of many people on HubPages. I have read several of your hubs, and they have substance and verve, and I cannot fault them for that.

      But would you ignore the rules of writing a sonnet? Just call it a sixteen line poem if you don't want to, but (and I confess here that I always have to look up "Form in a Sonnet" if I am ever feeling pretentious enough to try to write one) the Italian sonnet is divided into two sections by two different groups of rhyming sounds.

      The first 8 lines is called the octave and rhymes:

      a b b a a b b a

      The remaining 6 lines is called the sestet and can have either two or three rhyming sounds, arranged in a variety of ways:

      c d c d c d

      c d d c d c

      c d e c d e

      c d e c e d

      c d c e d c

      I wouldn't dare to flout those rules, so why should anyone flout the rules of the humble Limerick... that form which gives such pleasure to so many people?

      A Hubber known as Perspycacious

      Was accused of being somewhat fallacious;

      The chap who accused him

      Really hadn’t amused hum;

      Saying Limericks’ were rigid. How audacious!

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      A straight jacket on a writer is like a typewriter without a ribbon.

      Correct form is important, I admit, but rules are made to be broken. Give this one a thumbs down, if the failure to conform to form has that level of significance to you.

      As for politics getting a podium on HubPages, just realize what so many Americans are doing today.

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      Twilight Lawns 3 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I wonder why you entitle you hubs with the word Limerick somewhere there.

      The form of the Limerick needs to be observed. Yes, you adhere to a five lime form, but are you aware that the correct form is as follows:

      First line: Nine syllables.

      Second line: Nine syllables

      Third line: between five and seven syllables (with a preference for six to seven syllables

      Fourth line: as above i.e. between five and seven syllables (with a preference for six to seven syllables

      Fifth line: Nine syllables

      A good example follows.

      The limerick packs laughs anatomical

      Into space that is quite economical.

      But the good ones I've seen

      So seldom are clean

      And the clean ones so seldom are comical

      By the way, I thought,when I first joined HubPages that this was a site devoted to writing and written expression; not, as I see, more and more each day, a medium in which political agendas are promoted or criticised negatively.

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