The Knife with the Eternal Blade
The knife That slices Forever and ever through the air Like when a butcher blades a cow s head from the body But the jagged knife-tip gets caught in the table Below the brutal meat And keeps slicing through the atoms An
The Knife with the
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Forever and ever through the air
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But the jagged knife-tip gets caught in the table
Below the brutal meat
And keeps slicing through the atoms
And the termites that make their homes
In the silent creep of the underworld
A stench so pleasant
A fragrance that can choke
On a knife-tip that slices the smells
The odours of blood and rotting
That people say they hate
That people thrive on
The knife cleaves the Earth in half
Like an orange
But more appealing than an orange
Is death, wouldn't you agree?
Well then, I do not understand
That the gleam, gloss, gun trigger,
To welcome death to the next man that stands in the way
Is such a frequent hobby among humans: they call it war?
If death is truly all so bad
Why be proud to admit
That you fought and won battles for your country
By killing a man
Who was helpless beneath your foot?
As you stamped on his face
Squirted his own blood into his eyes and smiled
Smiled with the edge of the knife with the eternal blade
And the fat lips of the universe.
Ava Annahid Zamani
(age 13) Henrietta Barnett School