Like everything else, it’s just a list 
of questions with revised answers. 

Where did they go? Where did 
they come from? Is the evidence

in that necklace that everyone mistakes 
for a Jesus fish but is actually a Darwin-legged 

amphibian? Or did you leave them in last year’s sneakers
which are identical to this year’s sneakers

so people think you are exceptionally gentle
to your shoes but the truth is you replace clones 

with clones when mothballs settle in your steps?
I’m asking about our mistakes, how they evolved. 

Were they like the stack of papers we all have 
in some corner of the apartment, 

old Christmas cards and promissory notes,
a thing you don’t even see anymore but keep

adding to, routine as a washing machine or evolution, 
an accumulation, a check you just keep mailing 

as you cut your losses, month after month after change?

D A R W I N ' S   T H E O R Y   O F              B R E A K I N G   U P

B Y   H I L L A R Y   K O B E R N I C K   

​​H E R M E N E U T I C   C H A O S   J O U R N A L

Hillary Kobernick writes poems for performance and page. She has competed at the National Poetry Slam six times, representing Atlanta and Chicago. She holds a Master's of Divinity from Emory University and pastors a small church outside Chicago. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in literary magazines in the U.S. and Canada, including FreezeRay, The Minnesota Review, Arc, and decomP