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Short Poem: Without Location, Nothing Can Be Missed

Nicholas Wright is a former student of Columbia University's MFA program in poetry. He has more poems than he knows what to do with...


Without Location, Nothing Can Be Missed

My body, a colony of flies,
a fast-decaying planet on which bacteria compete
for resource dominance,
some making peace
and some at war.
My water reabsorbed in all directions—
the dry creek beds of veins and arteries.
This had to happen—
to everything—in order
for you to miss me.
I'm here, and I can't exist outside it.