Poemdog

Dogs 2018

MEAT FOR THE MACHINE
(5/22/18)

polite

respectful

law abiding

we try
to be
good citizens

we are
encouraged
to be
good citizens

we are
given many
opportunities
to prove so

to our
families

to our
neighbors

to society
at large

but all
too often

advantage
is taken
of these civilities

we appear
to be meek

subservient

perfect victims
for every degree
of abuse

by individuals

by factions

by institutions

then
they are surprised
when we
revolt a bit

with a word

a gesture

an angry
expression
in their
direction

they simply
write us off
as malcontents

never giving
us
a second chance

most
sulk away
to operate silently
within
the proper
shadows

a few
however
become the true
revolutionaries

determined
to create
their own bureaucracies

with decorum
a bit more
radical

in the
beginning