Special Town Meeting
Today I am thankful I live in a society
where ordinary citizens can choose.
318 citizens, in this case.
First, we say the "Pledge of Allegiance"
Our indomitable Town Clerk,
with her library and desktop at the ready.
Note the copy of
'Charter and Code of the Town of Nantucket'
I need that book.
Our Board of Selectmen.
Tobias Glidden was applauded when he spoke on Article 13
asking to have power taken away from the Board.
The moderator asked the meeting to not be so demonstrative.
Some speakers are, um, dull, or incomprehensible,
but they come and I'm thankful for that.
The vote on Article 13 was so close we took a hand count.
There's the moderator, kneeling down to receive the count.
It was defeated 132 to 115.
Even though I voted opposite of my son's girlfriend,
who was sitting right next to me,
we're still friends.
Another thing for which I am thankful.