birds and invented cages


driving home 7

I have no time for the sideshow.
the flare and fire
nor the distraction

the night scares me.

alone, I sit
a bird in an invented cage
sandwiched between walls of concrete and steel
because it is not safe
to wander where the crickets sing
or follow the park paths through the bushes
or stand where the flourescent light floods
concrete parking lots

it is still not safe

please, continue to argue
about poles and morality
become the sideshow
pull the curtain
hide in the rhetoric and opinion

but don’t forget

it is still not safe
even between these walls.


lei fraser Sept 2016


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