they gave you a heart

once there was a man
trapped in an enclosure of walls
with sharp spines protruding from them.

gradually he grew claustrophobic,
and searching for a way out
he began dashing himself against
the fence; after a time he had
bludgeoned himself to death.

what a shame, i said;
he never noticed the unlocked door
to his left.

no, you told me.
he knew it was there. it’s just that
unlocking the door would have been too easy.

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