Not For Turning Out

<em>There was the usual handwringing about low turnout in the council elections</em>

I did not turn out

as my mother had hoped.

I did not turn out

because I am fed up to

my false teeth.

I did not turn out

to be what was expected.

I did not turn out

because I run a flea circus, and prefer

a tick in a box.

I did not turn out

one excuse after another.

I did not turn out

of any conviction.

I did not turn out

well, or in force, or my pockets.

I did not turn out

as it turns out

because I have turned in.