The voices of the planet
are muffled by politics.
Not the time to say
who will get what, when or why.

Statistics indicate
giving food to children
in rural areas and not
to children in urban areas
may not seem to be
the best strategy
in an election year.

Not to those generations
of parents who lost children
to starvation, sickness
yestersdays ago or today.
Those children had no tomorrows.
People of all nations are humbled.

The circumstances are dire.
The Gates of Heaven
are not prepared for the arrival
of these vast numbers of souls.
The angels no longer sing.

Instead there is only one question:
that resounds through Heaven and Purgatory,
forcing Satan to reconsider
his qualifications.

The dead are not registererd voters,
but they have voices
that will be heard
throughout eternity,
and the universe will weep.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.