When Institution Hijacks a Life

When institution hijacks a life,
The body is ruled by a new gravity.

Organs fall. And fat. Leaner
For the daily front on bed’s edge
Of a windowless dream.

Are you one of the lipsticked ones,
Lilting? Yesterday, pleasant faced,
Did you say something you didn’t mean?

From which pocket do you pay?

Today, we beg the sky
For something unspecific.
We know when it comes.

In the long hallway, a cricket sings
From a crack in the drywall.
It sends us walking.

It doesn’t know
It is lucky.

2014

2 Responses to “When Institution Hijacks a Life”

  1. Kat says:

    This one really hits home. Phenomenal. Thank you.

    • wordweed says:

      It is one of my perennial struggles to feel human as a part of an institution, even when I love the other humans I work with.

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