Fatal Flaw

by Kay Ryan

Design by Alley Keopraseuth

The fatal flaw
works through
the body like
a needle, just
a stitch now
and then, again
and again missing
the heart. Most
people never bend
in the fatal instant,
although they
harbor a needle
they shouldn’t,
or, conversely,
some critical little
life-saving sliver
is absent.

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