Beth Bachmann

Second Mystery of My Sister

It’s impossible to define force, but it’s not hard to figure
the size of an arrow drawn in a diagram of the free body.
Blunt. Entry.
These cannot be measured like the integrity of a wing.
If you think of a torso as a box, you can see
how someone might want to open it with his fingers.

Beth Bachmann
“Second Mystery of My Sister” first appeared in Tin House, Summer 2008.