The Little Ballot Box

by Mark Goodwin - poet-sound-artist

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after Vasco Popa

the little ballot box
is being

packed full of wishes

the people are pushing pushing
pushing their wishes

through her slot

people are pushing in slips
of paper marked

with dark crosses

they are pushing in
tiny blank maps with massive

Xs on spots where
nothing is buried

silently silently silently

the little ballot box
bears this even though

o it makes her frame hurt

makes her ache ache
ache like

she’s filled to bursting with
some far-off star’s

hot fingers

people people people
are pushing in

their slips of blind
white mice

dickory & willy-


they are also stuffing in
to the little ballot box

the paper-white teeth
of the rich

and so and
so and so


all the people’s wishes
on x-rated paper

& slivers of clean
white teeth slipped in

inseminate the little ballot box

and now inside
the little ballot box is

all the people’s belief

all the people’s hopes
all the people’s crimes

all the people’s illnesses
all the people’s greed

all the people’s sorrows
all the people’s kind


all the people’s hunger

all the people’s lies
all the people’s kept


the little ballot box is

fattening and
fattening and

fattening for the teeth

of the rich are
fatherly and have swum

right into her womb
where her freedom is growing

look closely at the little ballot box
her sides her lid her slot

hope hard hope and
hope again

hope what will be born

will be alive and not

a lolling puppet with

crosses for eyes


released May 5, 2017
poetry, vocals & production: Mark Goodwin
photo: Mark Goodwin

First published by International Times (IT)




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