on the street where you live

we live in a panopticon —
where we are always under
surveillance (seen everywhere),
being watched — cameras every-
where (they just saw that
hyphen), eyes in the computer
(be careful of those sites;
you know the ones), eyes in
the ever-so-smart tv (what
are you doing with your hands?),
and then there are the neigh-
bors (oh, they were always
there)…once in a while it
turns out for the good like
when cops are videoed
blasting away at unarmed
blacks…so, the panopticon
may not be the worst place
to live as long as you watch
your p’s and q’s…you can
always just pull the covers
over your head…don’t turn
on the flashlight…it is
really smart.

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