Down Ballot

by Bill Yarrow

SHE votes based on hair type  
HE lives off the largesse of slim women with hips

SHE works from nine to three for a cosmetic dentist
HE spends his afternoons wandering the Zuma hills

SHE developed shin splints from running after her children
HE can't get over his triumphant puberty in New Rochelle

SHE 's looking for a man with a Yale lock on his conscience
someone who could be the cashier at her church

his childhood barber is running for office in Milwaukee
HE would contribute but the down ballot is never a sure thing