Rules of the game form a comfortable cage.

Are those who don't play in or out of the cage?


The fawn munching lilies looks into the house,

sees people drink tea on display in their cage.


Tens of red trillium grow deep in the woods.

Each one blooms safe in its own metal cage.


He who revolts against train and plane schedules

rides locked to the road in his own rolling cage.


She climbs from the car on the run from her spouse,

Though hunted as prey, she opens her cage.


M writes her stories with passionate care.

His raging dismay puts truth in a cage.


Published February 2004.

(Revised, May 30, 2004)