Consider the dishwasher.
How after you fill yourself with dinner
you fill it with plates, flatware and glasses.
Outside the light takes that slant
that turns the air to honey
as if a magician snapped her fingers.
Inside the dog is frustrated with you
for not sharing your food
and lies down in a huff by the sliding doors to the backyard.
As you slide into your easy chair
and take in hand a magazine
you have been meaning to read
you consider police cams
and imagine if you had to wear one
to document all of your work activities
during office hours
with the knowledge that superiors
and independents will review
your every single keystroke
and zoomed business interaction.
Big Brother? Or checks and balances?
Your partner brings you tea.
Caffeine-free mint because it’s evening.
You plunge yourself
into an article about the armor and weapons
the Greeks and Trojans used
in the various eras covered by Homer’s Iliad.
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