In general, the goods that we create
we can repair, but sometimes we must start
afresh with new design, and orchestrate
a different way, and pull our stuff apart,
to make it well. At times a damaged bone
requires breaking to correctly knit.
We want to use a patch, but that alone
can’t do the job; it won’t be adequate.
I know a girl so mangled from her youth
that 30 years of therapy have failed
to find the right prescription. Here’s the truth:
No counseling on couches has availed.
She needs to be dismantled and rebuilt.
A splint is insufficient for her guilt.