by Betty Blair

From Azerbaijan International, Spring 2004 (AI 12.1)
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(Los Angeles, July 4, 2003)

Democracy is the right
To say "no"
Not just sometimes,
But always.

Dictators always make us bow to "yes".
Why have the worlds' leaders
Stolen my right to say "no"?

What will it take for me to regain
The power and authority
To claim back my unalienable right
To this tiny, omnipotent,
One-syllabled word-

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