It’s finally Election Day. It’s a day we have dreaded and looked forward to. Usually I’m pretty meh about politics, but 2020 is unprecedented in all kinds of ways. This Election I got myself out there and voted and even looked up issues I cared about and did my best to make educated choices. In the past I have been known to not vote at all, or just vote for names I thought sounded interesting. …and put down your torch and pitchforks already. I have learned the error of my ways.

My work has been temporarily closed due to a COVID exposure so I voted curbside for those that have either positive tests or have been directed to quarantine due to exposure. I’m the latter… and feeling perfectly healthy so far so no worries there.

Nothing I can say can compete with what we Americans have our mind on today. Who will be our next president… and more important, how will we respond as a nation? On that note, all I have on my mind today is a plea for unity. Whoever wins, we are still one nation. Whatever personal agendas we have, we are still one people. Divided we will fall… and hard.

Because I bleed my emotional stress into poems, this is all I can come up with for today. A thin hope that we will be our best selves. We can evolve.

Hey Americans!

Hey, Americans!
An eagle needs a left wing
and a right wing IF

Eagle wants to fly.
Flightless eagles never soar—
helpless and landlocked.

United we stand—
same team, one people, one heart.
Divided we fall.

Appropriate timing… my article went up at Evolving Magazine today: Letting the Light In: Writing Out the Darkness. You can read that here.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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