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"My Institutions Everywhere" (by Joe DiMino)

I saw a large bird
Don’t ask me actual size
Or whether wise;
Wings spread,
Needing only a slight flutter
To keep him high,
Doubting if he even
Knew why—
Only how
After many a fledgling try:

I then saw
A family of horses
Wild and free,
Led to thinking of those
In captivity—
Even the pampered thoroughbred
Needing a jockey and whip
If allowed to run,
After the race
Paddock laurels
Seeming pale contrast
To prairies—

I saw…and then
Refused to see;
Realizing every intrusion
Was me—
While trying further
To get away
I found my institutions

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