Discarded plastic suffocates a distraught sea creature,
innocent plight recorded by faceless figures for apathetic amusement.
Cacophony draws my mind back
from the vagaries of excessive material existence.
Your body disrobed by cold hands motivated by:
concern, duty, salary?
The resident confidently missteps;
the consultant intervenes.
The hard eyes of the sheriff ponder
pages of paperwork.
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