I do not mind the leanings
of others, so long as they
are considered

A hypothetical person is welcome
to their political opinions, so long
as they have taken care
to remove vestiges of racism

Socialism is a topic I can discuss,
pros and cons, so long as it is not
simply a springboard for complaint

Voting is a right that should be
protected, so often left by the wayside,
but criticism is a practiced art.

JD DeHart is a writer and teacher. He has two poetry projects available at Origami Poetry. Read other articles by JD.