You are not a simile. You are not a metaphor
You are not a machine or a puzzle or a piece of equipment, you know
You are human
Breathe it in now. Feel that, tendons and muscles of your diaphragm expanding?
Yes, there is engineering there
And hear that, the tiny hairs of your inner ear registering vibrations that your brain is translating, into sounds and then meanings
You are not a car or a phone, to be taken apart.
You do not belong in a tool shed, sitting on a workbench;
You do not have a specific set of calibrations on which you will always run perfectly
Let go of your toolbox.
Your vocabulary is that of an engineer, but people are not things to see broken and repaired
Your insides may resemble the motor of a car, but you are infinitely messier than any model they could design.
We were never made to be perfect.
We were never made to fully understand how,
To deal with others of our own kind – or even our very own selves
Hold out your hands and watch fingers intertwine
How supple skin and tissue moves to fit against another,
Watch new handshake like an enzyme reaction, and yet even more goes behind this
– we are malleable
And ever growing, don’t you see?
We were never meant to fit our own hands together, or be the entire solution to any puzzle
– this isn’t a design flaw,
We are human
And we were made to grow together.
Leave your tinkering terminology behind for this one,
Put away your spanner
For you are not a spare washer, or a rusty piece of circuitry
You are not an engine or a radio or a cybernetic sentience,
You are organic
Kin to the trees and vines that stretch their leaves haphazardly, in perfect Fibonacci swirls
Out into the wide world, seeking sunlight and nourishment;
Even if you were to be autotrophic, still you would depend upon another,
This collection of eukaryotic cells conglomerated into a whole you call You,
– yet saying you do not have an affinity for organic lifeforms
Believing that amongst the rest of us, you are somehow Other?
For you are not a simile, or a metaphor, or a piece of equipment
You are messy and complete and completely natural,
With internal systems more complicated than even you and I may ever be able to understand
You are Human