That’s the attraction of structuralism,
that when something falls apart
into its many pieces, we have
an idea how to put it back together
and the faith that it’s doable.
It’s ok that the heat is lost
or that there are seams and sticky tape.
If they find the Venus de Milo’s arms,
I’ll hope she’s smoking a cigarette.
When you recover your missing
frequent flier miles, I’ll hope you’ll sleep
your way furiously across all the oceans.
William Winfield Wright is a Fulbright Scholar, Fishtrap Fellow, and professor of English at Colorado Mesa University. He has published in 14 Hills, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Field, Ninth Letter, Permafrost, Rhino, The Seattle Review, Third Coast, and elsewhere. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and featured on Poetry Daily.