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Smooth Handle Sharp Blade by Salina Tellis

Smooth Handle, Sharp Blade

solitude shines in the blade of a knife

ornate patterns carved into the handle

an alluring thing i grasp

a piece of beauty


until it is plunged in the chest


beautiful to have

beautiful to hold

beautiful to admire in doses

beauty stripped in its excess


blood pours from the wound

unabating, as is true of the weapon

blood staining your clothes

pain tainted horizons


bystanders pause and gape

some grimace in disgust

some parrot murmured concerns

some wish they had only been so lucky

while some scoff at the waste of such craftsmanship


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