Soap operas for mom.
Sports for the dad.
Cartoons for the children.
Cellphones for everyone.

Keep everyone dumbed-down
so they won’t ask questions.
Keep them preoccupied
so they’ll be strangers
coexisting in the same residence.

Lock each family member up in a box
so they won’t be able to think
for themselves, only four corners,
not too many options. Every member
believing their reality is reasonable
given the circumstances,
but it’s a made-up experience.