On the Eve of the Fifth Anniversary of 9-11

Security is such a plastic prize
It lasts forever ’til it’s heated up
Its dullness is displayed to be despised
And never shines like Liberty’s gold cup
Security is given, never earned
It has no champion, no “heroes proved”
You stand in line; they tell you what they’ve learned
And what from every bag must be removed
They strip you bare if that’s what’s been prescribed
From plastic towers by a plastic voice
Or else on plastic tablets it’s inscribed
And claimed to be the people’s holy choice
But towers tall we’ve seen can be assailed
And nobody can be forever jailed

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