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The Edge of Things

I always look
for the edge of things
                                                                  to judge when to step off
                                                                               when to turn away

           There is no taking back the knife
                                   which divided my finger from its anchor
                                                                                           Why decades later
                     I am not to be trusted
around sharp objects
                                            Just look at divers
                                                       not the raised fin they fear
               but the eye sizing them up, the teeth poised
in their soft bed
                           ready to snap open, to wrestle flesh from bone


Carol V. Davis
Copyright 2015  

Carol V. Davis is the author of Between Storms and has won the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize for Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg. She has been a Fulbright scholar in Russia twice and received a 2015 Barbara Deming grant. She is the poetry editor of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.

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