More Kinsella

A major element of waste
    needed in the living process,
with an element of excess
    in the constituent materials;
distinguishing basic features
    performing no apparent function,
and playing no discernable part
    in countering any negative forces,
but which are nonetheless clearly essential
    for fulfillment of the process,
and which, if removed, would establish
    an emptiness under the heart.
Accepting the waste and the excess,
    and a fundamental inadequacy
in the structure as a whole
    and in each individual part,
there is still an ongoing dynamic
    in the parts as they succeed each other,
and in the assembling record,
    that registers as positive.
Thomas Kinsella, Marginal Economy (Dublin: Peppercanister, 2006) 32.

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