Prisoners

Confined to cubicles
restrictions
reinforced by routine
perimeters
patrolled by machines
desk prisoners
fulfil their obligations
to society
Managers
limit privileges
punish infractions
promote apathy
Targets and
office rituals honour
compliant disposition
Obedience is
rewarded
with longer hours
of detention
deeper patterns of
thinking in line
waiting in line
running down time
dreaming of timeshares
retirement
silver-haired
golden years
softened by luxuries
insulated by affluence
from hardship
hard work
hard times
Done my time
now leave me alone
(but – please God –
not in a Home)

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