Capote

I saw a coat rack in a college classroom today,
“What a silly thing to put in” I say.
Don’t you know the students won’t budge?
They say it’s easier to drape your coat,
onto a seat.
And if it falls or- if it is forgotten,
Well that’s a punishment they graciously keep.
The force of social embarrassment-
To get up and hang a coat.
Meets the same criteria,
When someone goes to vote.

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