Checkpoint Id On My Birthday
Attention! Know all by these presents:
by Francisco R. Albano
This afternoon the regional consular office
Gave me a passport good for five years,
A necessary document I have no use for
At this time. But if today someone gives me
A free ticket to Afghanistan, I’d pack up pronto.
I now have, besides, a social security number,
An internal revenue ID, a Church ID, a school ID,
A voter’s ID, a bank book, college diploma,
A birth certificate and a baptismal certificate.
Outside the State there is no salvation?
I have papers authentic; ergo, I exist!
Hitler, the dictators, the generals are pleased.
Now to work for that halo!