Labels are these useful

but distorted categories

that are put on bottles,

jars and packets

of people so that when

needed or when they

be ready to consume,

other humans

and great corporate things

can pull them out and make

them do whatever they will.


Labels are as neat as

they are clearly defined,

and so they seem to help

the human family

order and classify,

catalogue and refine,

all the messiness and

disorderly conduct

that we can’t mine;

and they assist

our noble goal

to suppress and shape

those who don’t seem to fit

in the customised shelves of

bottles, jars and packets

that adorn our civil selves.