Exploded view (a poem)

Early spring cleaning while watching ER

Disassembly, piece by piece,
is not a simple reversal of process.

Parts that have fit together
for a long, long time
have a tendency to fuse;
ripping them out
is a disturbance
of the molecular order
of things.

People think that only organic matter
is capable of consciousness
or memory.

People are often wrong.

Things found in sealed enclosures
are often hiding for a reason.

They will meet
demands for justification
with silence,
broad and rigid,
carefully concealed blemishes
on prominent display.

This helps them travel farther
with the blast.

(4 February 2018)