The Former Radical

he once was a leader

controversial and bold

he liked radicalism

in his hand to hold

he held opposition

to the ear

and held critque on his lips

It was his work

to expose

all the criminality

never disclosed

they ordered

his lips to be sown

so that speech

he could never own

they gouged his eyes

and exhausted his cries

and called in the doctor

for his rearrangement

a bloody policy of containment

finally they toasted to a new and

refined brain

as they waited for

the patient to awake

he lied on his bed

contemplative and quiet

trying to make sense of

the pain in his head

when asked a question

he responded timidly

trying to make sense of

his new identity

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