And now . . . a Menacing Magpie (for some Friday fun.)




the mind shrieks
a blunt jab or sharper
stabbing sound
the drag of a knife
across a china plate
smooth edged, waiting
to slice what's there
familiar dread
the idea of how the cut
will feel, bleed


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When I first saw this photo prompt, I didn't think I'd be able to come up with a thing.  But then I recalled a conversation I had with my sister last week while we were playing cards.  I had suddenly remembered my grandfather's knife and when I asked, she of course remembered it as well.

I've always been a legendary 'fraidy cat --

At night we would play cards or dominoes and Grandpa would often bring his knife to the table to cut himself a piece of fruit.  It was a small paring knife, black handled and cruelly sharp.  Well used, he handled it like an old friend.  When he would rest it across his plate I  had a hard time keeping my eyes off the dark sliver and on my hand -- something about the worn shape of the blade demanded my attention.

Although I never for a moment feared my grandfather, 
his knife struck me as just the thing to do something nasty in a scary movie.

(But like I said in the beginning, I was
an easily frightened little thing with a BIG imagination.)

Here's wishing you a 

FREE, and 

(that has nothing whatsoever to do with fear)


Helen said...

WOW! I could actually 'feel' your wonderful Magpie!

signedbkm.com said...

blunt knife across a china plate...can feel that....great magpie...bkm

signedbkm.com said...

blunt knife across a china plate...can feel that....great magpie...bkm

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Great magpie.

soundoffreedom said...

Amazing magpie and loved the personal story as well..thanks for sharing.

RA said...

I liked your Magpie. I liked it a lot. :)

Brian Miller said...

the knife across the plate gives this an audible texture...then the blood....nicely layered. great magpie!

HKatz said...

the drag of a knife
across a china plate

Reading these lines set my teeth on edge, and the whole poem made me tense up. Sharp use of words :)

willow said...

That scritching on a china plate always makes my uncle salivate...kinda like Pavlov's dogs...heehee!

Lyn said...

Oh yes, you can scare me like this anytime!! Terrific mag!

kathew said...

yikes-lke the dragging sound of
bad flatware against bone china..great Magpie!

Tumblewords: said...

Terrific sound and soul effects!

Aoife.Troxel said...

Very tense with beautiful feeling (hate that knife on plate sound)!

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