Torture

You are strapped in,
facing the wrong way.
You can’t speak the language.
You don’t know where you’re going.
We’ve done all we can for you.
The hardest part must be knowing
one day you will be able
to get out and do what you like,
but not tonight.
Tonight, you must submit
to the white noise of cars
overtaking us,
breaking the speed limit.

© Carl Burkitt 2021

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