“Capitulation” by Jesse H. McKnight


Sooner or later
Circumstance requires
The Presence of
The missing gene
Preventing the perfectly good man
From joining the perfectly good world.

How can bottomless depth
Be made to appear shallow,
The cresting wave
To conform to the level plane?
How can the ineffable
And endlessly attenuated
Be made to appear precise,
To conform to the tight,
Delimiting measure?

That which was not made for the box
Will die in the box.