Needles and Keys

The thing perfectly shaped

To accomplish one motion

To gain swift entry into

A sanctified place

One, sanctified as ‘privacy’ and ‘property’

The other, sanctified as our life’s blood,

Not to be interfered with,

Except by stomach or lungs

One lock created, one lock evolved

The skin and the cylinder

Both to be worked, or picked

By pins and needles

Precisely shaped metal,

In either case, the proto-key

Although glass might also do for needles

But how to shape such without advanced technology

And the further ramparts of

The liver and the blood-brain barrier

Guard the brain

As the records of the nation’s secrets

Are guarded by many layers

Needles and keys,

So similar,

So different

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