Peer into a prisonarium
We travel in a fish bowl
Put your ear to the glass and hear
A mumbled roar with shrill highlights
Cardsharks hunched over scores and crumbs
Slapping cards and grunting with sly twitches
The surprise of a dog chewing its bone
As if this were an ordinary household
Inventory the scene; catalogue its contraband of loss
Tattered books, spines broken, shelved and bucketed
A dented cabinet bulging with life locked away
A closet weeping                    through painted pores
Tables ornamented with plastic treasures
Our bruised toys on display
And by my door, a stain
We all stoop to wipe away
An ordinary household
           of hungry bleeding women
           hunched over scores and crumbs
Burning their hair straight
Burning their lives down
           just like ordinary people
           on the subway.