“Good” Institutions (2004)

The visitors came and talked today
About how wonderful this place was
No bars on the windows of this cage
Sparkling walls showed no shit or blood

They said everyone was treated well
The food was fresh and tasty too
The people could walk outside if they want
And then get better and go home

They extolled the virtues of this place
In language amazed and sickening
For it held its secrets, just as dark
As any torture chamber you’d know

How do I know this? Because I heard
It all from my table in the back room
Chained and drugged — invisible —
For the comfort of visitors everywhere

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