Younger, I sought
the glorification
of house arrest.

Now I am confined.
Home with neither
papers nor time limit.

Yet I have offered
no sedition. Brought
down no regime.

My work is not
banned and I lead
no revolutionary cell.

Amnesty writes no
letters for me. Nice
people hold no placards.

I am gaoled tamely,
denied historic notoriety
by a genocidal microbe.

Ronnie Smith©️March 2020