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

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.