Sarah Rose Etter


A Very Sharp Thing


Offer a man a very sharp thing. He may accept the worst of all gifts or decline.

If he accepts, allow him to wrap fingers around what is yours. Edges will slow sink into hand’s skin. The lace of cells breaks even into slices. The red is called giving back. This is generosity.

If he declines, the sharp thing is always yours as it has been. You will cross all deserts with a very sharp thing. Constantly held in hands, forever cutting, a child with saw mouth. Gush until blood runs clear, then shed a new water, palm tears.


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