Battleground Blog: The view of a street poet
November 5th, 2012
06:48 PM ET
10 years ago

Battleground Blog: The view of a street poet

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. The following dispatch is from CNN's Ed Lavandera in Colorado.

BOULDER, Colorado - We've spent the last week peering into the psyche and soul of Colorado voters in the days leading up to the 2012 presidential election. We've dissected campaign strategies, the economy, key voting groups and those relentless television commercials.

But the quest for a unique voice, a slightly different point of view brought me to the streets of Boulder, a city known for strolling to a, shall we say, peculiar drumbeat. A perfect place to explore the lighter side of presidential politics.

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I found street poet Bill Keys sitting in front on antique Corona typewriter and a sign that read "POEMS about anyone or anything." In Boulder, Keys is known as "The Poem Guy." So naturally I thought a poem about the 2012 presidential election would be appropriate.


bar codes and black boxes
too much money
not enough debate
hollywood has taken over the executive branch
who ya gonna pick
Coke or Pepsi
put on the blind fold
and take a sip
black yankee death water
and tell us
which is better
with a gmo whopper
Today I'm electing my community
to get us through the next four years
we will survive with all the love and turmoil
as long as FEMA
or the national guard
doesn't get in our way.
the great thing about the election
is its almost over
the ship is still sinking

LET's Meet at the bar
a place we still actually have a choice

Photo by Ed Lavandera

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