THE GOOD CHINA
Heave it against the wall.
Break as many heirloom plates as it takes
to have the argument you’re not having.
Hold nothing back.
This time, though, the person
you are feuding with is you.
After you are good and done,
after the dust has settled,
and you are a little worse for the wear,
a bit shell shocked and still red-in-the-face,
only then can you start the real work.
From the scattered broken pieces
strewn about the room
make something new. Do it
with the precision and moxie
of a forger attending to his masterpiece.
This is how you keep it fresh, your genius,
how you keep from falling asleep at the wheel
of your of own originality.