Like a man who cannot bring himself to read the rules
for some elaborate contraption no one even needs,
screwing, banging, groping, grappling, fussing, forcing,
as if this glitch weren’t latent in the very nature of things,
as if his own soul weren’t arrested in the word awry,
as if the final goal were not to make but to emit
what all of time has never triggered: the perfect curse.