After all, the valves in mine aren’t formed right. I know this, like
I know the lines on my face--
like the ambulance that brakes to a hard stop; the attendant who asks, while searching:
have you guys seen
anybody--have you seena body lying in the road?
& leaves when we shake our smoking, graying heads--
no, not yet.
Derek JG Williams is a doctoral student in poetry at Ohio University, where he also teaches. He has an MFA from UMass Boston. His poems are recently published or forthcoming in Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, DIAGRAM, and Plume. Learn more about him at http://www.derekjgwilliams.com/.