Blades, by Chris Renshaw




Chris Renshaw, a retired teacher, is a member of the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society who organises our Open Poetry Competition. This poem won second prize in the 2018 Folio Competition, judged by Tamar Yoseloff.




Blades

Pinking shears
crunched her new white socks
made irregular lace
clipped the cat’s whiskers on one side only

Scissors
sheared blonde waves into sweepings
struggled through the cast on a broken leg
drew a line of crimson beading

A scalpel
sliced through muscle and fat
to malignant organ

but the hole her lover carved inside her
grew bigger and bigger –
                he kept on, kept on cutting

and the breadknife she plunged
beneath his ribs
well, he had that coming.




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2 responses to “Blades, by Chris Renshaw

  1. That comment was re the Green Man as opposed to Blades !!

  2. Hello!
    Lovely evocative poem.
    Have entered the Poetry competition myself and paid could you confirm receipt please of the 2 poems ?
    Many thanks

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