Lines (COVID)

People standing and standing in lines

whole country voting early

more people in Virginia already

than 2016 according to one of the

pieces friends email  and then

there’s Georgia and Texas and so much

of the South the whole country worried

and while we don’t know who they’re voting for

so many women and people of color

people who’d stand in line

for a day or two if they had to

and we who are worried

and worried and worried who watch

Schitt’s Creek alongside the news

as a way of thinking about something else

daily calls about What Will Happen

we see one another standing in lines and have hope.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. My grown kids from GA tell me that some polls went smoothly, but long lines only in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The paper said as long as 10 hours; when voting in progress CNN reported at a site with 8-hour wait. Many voters got in line in the dark long before polls opened.

    In FL, when Obama was running, GOP reign in that state made it difficult for blacks to vote…shortened hours open, etc. Some stood–many elderly black women– in long lines in hot sun holding signs: “Let my people vote.” A Black church I was in a couple years later had Obama photo and that sign.

  2. We are in Georgia (seeing the baby) and people waited to vote—some in line for eight hours.
    We are also watching Schitt’s Creek for diversion!

  3. Years ago I was in South Africa and some Europeans asked, “Your Country is not going to reelect George W. Bush is it?” My friend and I chimed in, “Absolutely not!”
    He won…again…maybe…

  4. YES! God bless those DETERMINED voters and you, ESTHER, for historically writing about the LINES, the WAITS and our determination to defend DEMOCRACY. And God bless the bold and the brave Patriots of the Postal Service protecting the ballots no matter what. You’re right. “NOT THIS TIME.” Our Civil Rights go Marching On. Thank you.

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