• Vol. 05
  • Chapter 10
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Get In Line

A thumbprint replaces the face,
or a forefinger may take its place
to prove who you are:
No ID — no Cigar.
No voting. No apps. Just disgrace.

Your existence means you must be lined,
but a spiral means you’re undefined.
Arches, loops, whorls, composites
become your new posits
to prove you belong with our kind.

Should you challenge this order of law
with some ungrateful form of faux pas,
your lines are erased
and your ID defaced
as you draw your last breath and last straw.