• Vol. 07
  • Chapter 08

The Pet Store Owners Speaks of Absolute Freedom

"There is only one hierarchy here:
man over animal; pointless to class
dog above cat, cat above bird,
all instinct muted with a cage or a leash.

A pet is an object of submission
just as love is between humans
while successful owners will trick
themselves with ideas of mutual consent,

believing that domesticity
equates to love; but look how simple
it is to get a songbird to sing.
I'll even throw in the feed for free."