i've seen videos
where traffic is set
in fast forward
and all the headlights blur
into a flickering river.

i've seen videos
where people crossing
cross walks become
a sea of merging dots,
swelling and ebbing as one.

and yet all it takes is one
press of a button
for the dots to become people
and the rivers to turn to cars:
individuality is not so easily lost.

(won't you zoom in
and see me?)