This is Australia
so there is always blossom out somewhere
It is Election Day and the voting station beckons me
Here if you are registered to vote it is compulsory to do so
So I join the queue and bask in the sunshine
The entrance is some way off and we must run the gauntlet
Of the political parties helpers who want to give us pamphlets
These are to tell us how to vote
I refuse to accept them, they look hurt
And seem to say "Why don’t you want something for free?"
The girl in front of me is clasping a bundle of them all
I expect it is the first time she has voted
She is quite short with dark brown hair
As I am tall I inspect her scalp and then the rest of her
We edge closer to the entrance door
She really is quite beautiful
All young people are to the old
She has a little too much mascara on but her eyes laugh
She has flat shoes and I can imagine her toes wriggling as she waits
And she does have a pretty nose
She clutches all the how to vote leaflets
The one for the Greens is on top
I decide she will vote for them
We reach the door and she speaks
“If I vote for the Greens…” she starts
“Where will my vote go?”
I point to the how to on her leaflets.
“In the lower house you must vote
for each candidate in order of preference from 1 to 7” I say breathing in the
freshness of her young body.
“But in the Senate you may vote 1 against the candidate of your choice
above the line and the party will direct the preference where your vote goes if they don’t get
in. Other wise you must vote for every candidate below the line in order of preference. I think there are over seventy of them!"
She smiles and nods enthusiastically. “I like…” and here she mentions the
female candidate’s name on the flyer.
“Yes she’s lovely isn’t she?”
I want to say but not as beautiful as you.
But I don’t, but merely chat about other things as we shuffle slowly into
the hall and wait to be directed to the counters to be checked off the roll and
receive our voting slips.
I really love the spring especially when you can breathe in the scent of the
fresh flowering blossom up close.