Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DMC: "What Does the Knife Know?" by Heidi Mordhorst


What does the knife know?
     Red tautness of tomato's skin.
          Garlic's shallot's onion's kin.
     Juicy slick of vitamin.  
          Jolt of pit or stone within.

What does the knife know?
     Tender coarseness of the crumb.
          Whack of steel on boarden drum.
     Whorl and loop don't armor thumb.

          Better bleeding cut than numb.

© 2015 Heidi Mordhorst. All rights reserved.

Joyce Sidman has challenged us to write a "Deeper Wisdom" poem this month. What's a Deeper Wisdom poem, you ask? Click HERE for details.

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  1. She''s a sharp one, that Heidi Mordhorst is!

  2. She sure is, Mary Lee! Thank you for participating this month, Heidi. This poem is so sensory-rich, I can feel, touch, taste it oozing all over my plate.

  3. Wow, Heidi, this is terrific, that "whorl and loop don't armor thumb" is so pleasing at the end.

  4. Wonderful, Heidi! I too love that whorl and loop line, and the jolt of pit or stone within.

  5. Love this example from Heidi. I am still trying to dig deep into deeper wisdom poetry but coming up short.