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AprilPoWriMo 17

No one uses their turn 
signals around here
often the lanes get lost

in merge only liminality
without warning suddenly
you are in the wrong

space while those seeking
to pass do so on the right
with little regard for

any distance that should be
kept for the sake of safety
far too many lanes and none

of them are open everything
under construction which
only makes things worse

so they do it again meanwhile
across other lanes and red lines
no constructive accidental

misplacement of obviously
different tools of oppression
justifies the means that lead

to a dead end the failed state
is within us idling at a traffic
light that never stops being red

so tired of waking up to dead

By Joshua Keiter

reader, writer, actor, singer, teacher