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Rated: E · Poetry · Contest Entry · #2175743
We choose the leaders who represent our visions most. But will those visions be realised?
“Our nation needs to prosper
“Our people deserve to thrive
“But the old ways do not foster
“The betterment for which we strive,”

These words dawn at every campaign
And that part, at least, is true
But truth erodes with each subsequent claim
On who would be the best for you

Those faces emblazoned on every walls
Captioned by the grand promises made
They set themselves on high pedestals
They stand with virtue-banner waved

Whatever dreams the masses most support
Such are the ideals they’d represent
Their own beliefs they must distort
To wield that worthy mantle of ‘president’

They promise liberty and peace
To build a better future for us all
They preach of security and justice
With them at lead, we’ll never fall

“So, come, raise your voices,” they implore
“Your trust in me would make us great
“And our opponents; oh, how we abhor
“They hinder Progress, deserving our hate”

Then comes the day to cast our votes
That would pave way to a new era
Then the elect must honour their words
To realise their promised utopia

And we would wait with bated breaths
For the victor’s name to be declared
The verdict, to some, befell like death
While others rejoiced with much fanfare

But it’s no time for celebration
For the journey’s just begun
Will the four-year duration
Be enough to get things done?

These we must ask, as cabinets reshuffle
The promises we voted for, will they be betrayed?
Will the lies be revealed, as their plans unravel
As some cede in compromise, while others get delayed?

Perhaps we’ve all underestimated
How quickly time goes pass
And the process gets restarted
With much still at an impasse

Yet we are hopeful, and so we wait still
For an advocate, pure and clear of blame
To someday appear, who would rise and fulfill
Those very words they always proclaim

“Our nation needs to prosper
“Our people deserve to thrive
“But the old ways do not foster
“The betterment for which we strive.”

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