all of these pieces of you

what are we going to do with all of these pieces of you
that we created inside our crucible?
surely we are after more than the old cliche
of breaking you completely to build you up our way.
what remains of you, aside from these pieces you observe,
is what matters.
the point isn’t to build up a new human from a new template,
or to re-create one from the old pieces.
the point is to let those pieces adrift upon the waters
of a mightier ocean of self than you can imagine.
while what remains of you heads inland to observe
that you were on a delta, not an island.
there will be plenty of time to seek out the ancient river’s source.
for now, be still and pay attention to how the coastline is being formed.

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