The Good Citizen

Look down

the street

at

all

those

pretty

little

houses

in

rows.

play it safe

be like them

say the right things

be agreeable

be likeable

be nice

you will be

rewarded

in due time

raise your hand

when it’s your turn

to talk

speak when you

are spoken to

do the right things

be a good actor

eat what they eat

do what they do

live like they live

be polite

agree

believe in diversity

raise your kids like theirs

believe in equality

smile a lot

especially

when

you

are

sad

say thank you

even when

you don’t

have to

buy the same cars

wear the same stylish clothes

talk about

the same things

sing the same songs

be in the right political

party

never be disagreeable

and never express

how you really

think and feel

shop at the same stores

believe in diversity

listen intently to what

they say on the

nightly news

and believe they

wouldn’t intentionally

lie or distort the

truth

work hard

save your money

be honest

believe your doctor

and

take the pills he prescribes

despite your

gut tells you

NO

because he is the

‘so-called’

expert

watch the commercials on TV

and let them influence

your buying

decisions

go mow your lawn

take out the trash

get a college degree so

you can get a secure job

so you can be

a good taxpayer

be reputable

water your lawn

drive your car

on the freeway

and

don’t get mad

when someone

rudely

cuts you off

and flips you

off

go to work

always be on time

always take your boss’s

S _ _ T, abuse

and put downs

go with the flow

plan for retirement

work thirty years

it will come sooner

than you think…

never say

the unpopular

viewpoint

exercise because they say it’s good

eat what they say is healthy

yet,

you seem so

unhappy but

you say you

don’t know why?

what is so wrong?

is it something in

the world that’s

not quite right

or is it inside of you?

Is it you who suffers

from a

major malfunction?

in the meantime…

until you figure

that one out,

be like us

be the

good citizen

you always

knew you

could be

trust in us

never question

the status

quo

go along with things

exactly

the way they are

and

everything will

work

out

just

fine…

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