Submission to the State

We are so guarded
about our privacy

about the sanctity
of our bodies

about personal
space which must

on no account
be crossed or

Except when we

are at the dentist’s
and he says Open

your mouth or
at the doctor’s

and he says Take off
all your clothes or

This will not hurt
one bit or

passing through
security screening

at the airport
where the agent

says Step on the foot-
prints and raise both

hands in the air
If that should prove

not to be enough
Step outside

for another agent
to do the pat-down

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