How Things Fall Apart
by Gary Hardaway
Things don't want to be together.
A bearing flees its bearing ring.
A hair departs its follicle as
a rafter slips the bond with its beam,
the nails gone missing. The leaves
seek reunion with the ground
and leave the oak tree naked
in December's cold. A thing
apart, though, loses purpose
and rests among the other freed
detritus of the world to await
the world's recombinant urge.