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Paper Ballots

We elect wrapping paper
(No spit all polish)
(easily seen 

because we don't 
know what 
could be lurking 
in opaque

So we vote the wrapping paper 
of our conscience
(unless there's namesake 
in Dad's wrapping paper)

The only issue is charisma
(What else?)
A smile, not too toothy 
(we don't want bite)

We don't want policy 
just heartfelt bravado
(Oh beautiful 
for empty words)

Always fearing 
that any more substance 
(than a spangled balloon)
might tip the static quo

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