milgram (if not needed)

By Jordan Hoffman

if not indeed the
worst
of us,
the last and least and
cursed
of us,
if not them, then the
first
of us
will shock the rest,
reversed
of us.
and who will take the
blame
for us?
fifteen more volts,
we will,
we must. . .
those strangers
in lab coats
we trust,
they’ll own the wicked
game
for us.
if not indeed the
saints
of us
will utter no
complaints
of us
will flip the switch
won’t make a
fuss
obey all the
constraints
of us.
if not indeed it’s only
me,
i
hold responsibility
there is no
us
to soothe the
sting

there’s only pain,
and wall
between.
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