It’s more than just a Vote

February 28, 2020


Hans Elmeus

In our current generation Cuebas felt that we undermine the importance of voting. ” My poem is meant to remind the public of its significance,” Cuebas explained.

We vote with our ears, we vote with our eyes.

We vote from the truths and vote from the lies.

Today, politics separated us from one another

But things were worse back then, being a man of color.

I was restricted from voting in a nation ran by whites

And it wasn’t just voting, it was all my other rights.

We were beaten on the streets for what they called “Insurrection”

But really we were beaten, fighting for rights and protection.

Then it struck us, like being hit with a mallet

The biggest way to beat this was right through the ballot.

Then it came on Dec. 6, 1865. We finally got a solution to end the pain and strive.

But then there was a loophole, which the whites had capitalized

That for blacks, was basically restriction in disguise.

For another 100 years, we fought from night until dawn

That the black race was never just a pawn.

Then the day July the 2nd, in 1964

Civil Rights Act was in effect, that had opened the door

To rights for all people regardless of race

And true equality was rearing its bright face

So the next time that you’re taking the bus

To go vote, don’t forget who came before us.

The right to vote has a bigger message to me.

It’s more than just a Vote, it’s a symbol of our unity.

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