The perfect state of being human isn't perfection,
it's becoming, the Greek says, ever more real
in nearing but never quite reaching a certain ideal,
like translation. It's deficient. A chronic affection.
Ancient aspirants imagined perfection
as progress up-- to places on high.
For us the question is can one bring
that heightened vision to an eye?
Perfection, the feeling philosopher says,
suggest an openness to endless change--
the self in radical revolution
within a self it soon finds strange.
-- from 'The Perfect State'; Peter Cole
[2014; The Invention of Influence]