Unfinishing touches

appeal to those who love
saving flawed greenware from firing.

Prototypes and blueprints
if stopped in time will not

crash or burn –
only the promising

break. To be immune
to ruin, never be complete –

only the groundbreaking
ages to cliche –

only the fulfilled
spring leaks.

How privileged, then, to be
invisibly peripheral –

the forgotten backup plan
never stooping to auxiliary

or, even less than ornamental,
necessary.