Regardless of the Vote
Sasvata, and his eleven-year-old son, Oliver, and I, made it to the bay, from their home by the Atlantic. We hung legs over a concrete water barrier, which had enough space for buttock accommodation. The water was supremely calm. Clams, oysters, tadpoles, fish, and water plants were in view and under our dangling feet. But it was dolphins we were supposed to notice.
“Did you see the dolphins?” asked an elderly couple canoeing toward us.
“No, couldn’t you bring one of them over for us to look at?”
“Are you Buddhist? Which order?”
“I’m a Krishna monk. Hare Krishna? We’re fifty-years-old this year. Our guru came from India to begin the mission; signed some papers in New York in ’66. You remember that great time?”
The woman then said that her husband, sitting behind her, would be on TV tonight. Channel 7.
“What’s the purpose?”
“He’s an election authority—predictions…” She was referring to the presidential campaign for tomorrow between Clinton and Trump.
Then he spoke. “I predict it will be Clinton 307 / Trump 231 in the voting.”
Apparently the whole of America will be voting. Schools will be voting stations and almost everyone takes a day off. The world will be waiting.
We bid our good-byes to the nice couple. We proceeded on with our walking and chanting. Our bhakti (devotion) will carry on, regardless of the vote.
May the Source be with you!