Limits of control

In these strange times

I do as I’m told and

I’m not so bold as to 

question the social order.


But still I wonder,

yes I ponder, about the 

limits of control and 

what this contract is

that I’ve signed with

the society that calls

me one of its own.


What have they taken

and what is given in return?

Is it freedom to be healthy

or is it healthy freedom?

I cannot tear up my contact 

for it is binding until death;

so here I am—a citizen held

in this state of liberty that 

is no liberty state at all.