Friday, February 5, 2021

Pride in a Legion of Mannequins

Does everything have to be
Like a poem? The problem with
Exceptionalism is

Not its exceptional part.
It’s its essentialism.
Essentialism’s problem

Is not with essence. It’s that,
If it’s truly essential,
It needs something unchanging,

And there are no such somethings,
Only nothing’s unchanging.
Exceptional things flourish,

Wither, perish, and vanish,
As all exceptional parts,
Extraordinary aspects

Of exceptional things do.
Even a miracle would
Cease to be a miracle

Once it happened more than once,
Even once it was confirmed.
The rarest accomplishments

Are merely phenomena
That happened once they’ve happened,
And everything’s like a poem.

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