I haven’t screamed, gone door to door
with clipboards and fervor.
I watch protestors, urgency in the O’s of their mouths,
and shake my fists with them
on the television.
Where is my courage
gay marriage for people in love,
stem cell research to extend life,
the right to choose an abortion for those in need,
health care for all,
better public schools,
and everything that we lack in our flag pin wearing country?
Everything that would make us stronger.
Quiet, I don’t shout or join groups –
not sororities or clubs.
I have the courage.
I do what I know how:
I write, proclaim.
And I vote.
A patriotic American,
I vote Democratic.
United we stand.