Welcome to DC
You need two forms of ID
Please remove your shoes

Someone out of place
Suspicious activity
What if it is me?

Your experience
Controlled, limited, guarded
Monument to what?

The fence is for you
To protect you from danger
Don’t go past the fence

Yesterday yellow
Today went up to orange
Wake me when it’s green

This is who I am
I am bored but in control
Let me scan your bags

I remember trust
It disappeared so quickly
I guess we were fools

We want to be safe
But danger is ev’rywhere
Paranoia wins

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Tagged: poetry, security

M.V. Jantzen is a resident of DC who bikes the region with his camera, documenting streetscapes, events, parks, and people. He posts his photos primarily to flickr.com/mvjantzen.