Daily Archives: April 11, 2021


This novel disfluency of my body,
as it stutters between start and stop, between
up and down, surely appears to be shoddy
engineering: A valve open or closed, clean
when it should be oiled or smudged when it should be
clean, a dial that needs to be tightened a bit
to stay on the intended setting. Go see
if the water pressure holds steady. A split
tube could cause a leak that’ll only get worse.
What if it’s not a hardware problem, what if
something is wrong in the software? Now, don’t curse,
God forbid, troubleshooting is hieroglyphs
crumbling and corrupted until that zing
when it snaps into focus. Check everything.