Personal reflection essay: politics David Alexander Sometimes I spend too much time reading Wikipedia articles when I should be exercising my democratic right to vote. So I drive to the nearest polling station only to find it filled with children. I join their dodgeball game and bean everyone in the head until it is just me and a mean sixth grader who beans me. I go home to my other activism: watching hockey on the couch. I get worked up about goalies’ great saves because I too excel at getting in the way of things. One time at a bar with Fraser and Marcella after work I watched the Leafs play game 7 against the Boston Bruins. I could feel the spirit of community action flow through me as I sipped my Nut Brown beer. It felt good to finally be part of something bigger, but then the Bruins scored in overtime and everyone yelled and drank one more pint and cried. And drivers honked their horns as we all walked home.

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David Alexander is a Toronto poet and a non-profit leader. His poems have appeared in Poetry WLU and The Steel Chisel. His first chapbook, Chicken Scratch, was recently published by Puddles of Sky Press.