Janet Wong are timely. Using the language of her poem entitled Occupy the TV, we are in the midst of election year "dah-baits," where "guys are baited/Into acting so ridiculous/ they seem uneducated."
One of the issues Wong address is the fact that children are only represented by our government through the political action of others, mostly relatives. The following is an excerpt from one of her poems:
WE THE PEOPLE
There's a crazy guy:
Scares kids on our street
kicks old dogs
pours oil down the drain
cusses loud about
hates "wasting money"
And he has the right to vote
Then there's me, just fifteen:
I worry about war
watch the 6 o'clock news
raise money for the poor
plant trees in the park
But where's my vote?
What voice does the child in the poem have in the political process? The poem goes on to say that she has the power only to make sure the adults in her life, her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother, cast their ballots.
I find this poem particularly meaningful as the three who are to support the child with their votes are women, members of the gender that has lately come under attack in the dah-baits, and whose rights are threatened on a daily basis.
Will a large number of women in the upcoming election vote against their own interests? Will a woman's right to make personal decisions about their own health be taken away? Hopefully, there will be a few wise children to guide them.
Teachers who want to engage kids in the political process might find an ally in Janet Wong.
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