human enclosures

box offices
bank tellers behind bulletproof glass
toll-booth attendants
parking lot ticket-takers
late night gas station clerks

all humans inhabitants in habitats
observed under glass

fishtanks for folks
living theater

and other more subtle:

the crib
the car
the boss’ office with the shades open:
who is watching whom?

Whole cities: filmed aviaries
reduced to live feeds
reduced to pixels for data
our very world an observed biosphere

a jail
a prison
as a whole
as cells
as pods
as black ants herding white ants
as locks and bars
to keep them out
and keep them in
flip the coin
no one wins

the skull: a helmet a head seat
the body: a carriage a chariot

fish think we’re monstrous, distorted and ill-graced
as they bubble and swim in a square

constructed enclosures:

your living room
where you watch
fake reality TV
viewing a construct from within one

the audience at a concert
unknowingly assembled
like lemmings
for the viewing pleasure of the performer

the White House
a public swimming pool
a newborn’s nursery
a cemetery

self-assigned cages.
human fishbowls

a classroom
seen through the window of a cold, closed door:
a portal on a submarine.

a cruise ship
a destroyer

as arrived at above:
the exotic air-tight enclosure
always touring, seldom seen
the submarine

a diving bell
your first apartment
the house you die in
the skin you’re in



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