The knife is full of dreams

that turn into nightmares

which once applied can never be denied.

The romance of fine steel

is not for the faint-hearted,

never can be shared with  the now departed.  




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Thu 18th Jan 2018 22:08

Thanks for stopping by Martin. I'm glad it was provocative, and I was pleased with the opening line too.


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Martin Elder

Thu 18th Jan 2018 20:58

I love the opening line 'The knife is full of dreams' It would make a fabulous opening line for a book.
there is certainly a stark warning and finality in this piece
love it

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Thu 18th Jan 2018 19:49

It's good to get thoughts going David. Especially on important issues like life and death. I often have an idea that feels good and see what happens. In the expansion of the theme, with fugue and counterpoint as it were, you have hit on a truism. I read the comments of a minister called Sarah Newton from 2017 re knife crime, and as ever the theme is larded with platitudes written by people with no imagination or personal inspiration . From the top down it looks depressing. The police have to implement on the ground, probably hampered by lack of funding and the usual plod predicaments. I truly believe that there is a sort of innate glamour to knives, which( like your poem about tongues ) can be hidden and brought out with shock effect. I myself am fascinated by them, and admire the way they are manufactured with real skill .

Thanks for liking , Col.


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Wed 17th Jan 2018 22:36

Well Stu I take that as a compliment. I think we all sweat over our work - sometimes inspiration comes , other times its just an itch. I was thinking too it would be great to meet the source of all your thinking . It's such a small world online - I hope you and your family are faring well my friend.

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Stu Buck

Wed 17th Jan 2018 20:54

a very powerful short piece ray. i do love how you are able to switch up your moods and themes so well. maybe 2018 will finally be the year we meet!

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