The creator of the puzzle intended you to “read” it a specific way. There is only one way to solve it and if you don’t have the precise numbers, you can not finish it. Yet, there are thousands of different puzzles, all with the same make up of 9 x 9 squares. They all tell a different story.
The setup of the E-lit piece, Faith, actually reminds me of a Sudoku puzzle the way words are put together on a grid. They move around to form different combinations, finally resting on the full version of the poem. If the words were placed differently, it would not make sense or would be incorrect in the world of the puzzle. Still, Faith experiments with placement until it finds the right path.