Democracy in Action (Side B)                             

            My boyfriend was a Democrat
            Who advocated equal rights,
            Freedom of speech and choice
            But one night
            When I said his manliness
            Was maybe not the measure of all things
            Which, all considered, were unequal,
            He hit the roof and
            Kicked me out
            And swore
            I was a
            You know what
            I told him words were simply words,
            That he was free to say his piece –
            As I was just as free
            To walk the walk


            Emanuel E. García, Sinking In, One Hundred Poems2013