koi and the fool

the koi swim
unaware
they are in a lobby
beneath stairs
orange black white
mindlessly watching
for pellets
no idea that
they are no better
than goldfish
won at the carnival
in an oversized
pool designed
to impress
potential customers
little more than
a momentary distraction
aimless and befeft
of freedom

i drive
mindlessly watching
the world
speed by
little more than
a machine
earning money for
the masters
no better than
a koi swimming
captive in an
aquarium
less valued than
a carnival goldfish
waiting for
the pellets
deposited every
other week
part of this
grotesque menagerie
of capitalistic dream
shadows flit
orange black white
keeping me placid
docile as i
bang my head off
the invisible tank

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