straight lines

they said
that the shortest distance
between two points
is a straight line
that’s a lie

the shortest distance
whether they want to admit it or not
is the line that they draw for you
with a beginning and an end
mapped out in such a way that does not
upset their cultures
or give them pause

and when they smile
and tell you
“That just isn’t true.”
know that in their heart they are scared
realizing that
there is only the thing barrier
of a lack of knowledge
standing between their plan and you
doing whatever the hell you want
any old time you want


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