The Father’s Knife
My father handed me that knife.
He used to buy meat in bulk.
He used that same knife to slice all the female
bodies — to arrange them perfectly
on the table. When I was young
he put that knife in my hand
and that’s how I became angry and strong.
Annie Blake is an Australian-born poet with a focus on Relationships, Social Justice and the division and the union of the Self. Her poem, “These Grey Streets” has been nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize and has been published in The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2015. She is excited about the process of individuation, research in psychoanalysis, philosophy and sociology. She is a former teacher who lives in Melbourne with her husband and five kids. You can visit her on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads and annieblakethegatherer.blogspot.com