The World, a Needle

Nothing can be done
to prevent the world,
a needle thinner than

the narrow breadth
of a newborn’s vein,
from pricking your finger.

And though you might
try hiding from it,
sequestering yourself

behind your home’s
quiet walls like an insect
ensconced within the

crinkled-shell swathe
of its chrysalis, the world
will make its puncture—

 
 
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Matthew Drew Williams resides in Western New York, and is currently working to obtain his master’s degree in social work at Roberts Wesleyan College. His poetry has appeared in a number of publications, the most recent of which include: The Fat City Review and Banango Street. He also has poems forthcoming in Eunoia Review.