Broken beyond repair.
A garlic cooking lesson:
cook a dish with a whole clove for a slight hint of garlic flavor
smash a bit of the side of the clove for a little stronger taste
chop into pieces
mince finely--the taste becomes stronger
crush in a garlic press for the strongest garlic taste
Experiences that jar and dent eventually fade into the realm of interesting life stories.
But to be crushed--
pieces of expectations lying in bitter shards---
Something new will be made from the ruins
Something not chosen but more pleasing.
The way a finely prepared meal
is more appealing
than a little lump of garlic.