Say something about the blade, the shine under
the opalescent moon.
How when you moved it
like a see-saw back and forth in your fingers
it caught fire, sent a pearl of light to dance
on the ceiling above you.
Say something about how it mesmerized you
for a second
& made you forget
Say something about having a plan.
Say something about how you cried
& felt nothing.
how it stilled in your throat,
how you breathed
like a master yogi—
Say something about irony.
Talk about the razor between your two
still fingers, held like a lover’s
eyelash to blow away for a wish.
Say how you took it at first
& moved it above
your wrist, sawing
the air for practice.
Say how you let it kiss your skin—
how you let it whisper a salted ocean breeze,
how you began the dance of trajectory
though a vein you didn’t know had so much
Tell how you began—
a creator—to birth
the wet, sticky foal
that is your heart.
Terri Muuss is a licensed social worker, writer, actor, director and motivational speaker. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Paterson Literary Review, Apercus Quarterly, Atticus Review, Stirring, Long Island Quarterly, and Red River Review, and five anthologies, and she has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. She is the author of Over Exposed (JB Stillwater, 2013) and the one-woman show, Anatomy of a Doll. Anatomy of a Doll was named “Best Theatre: Critics’ Pick of the Week” by the New York Daily News and has been performed throughout the US and Canada since 1998. As a licensed social worker, Muuss specializes in the use of the arts as a healing mechanism for trauma survivors She is married to writer Matt Pasca and her two ginger-haired boys, Rainer and Atticus were former Ellen Show “Presidential Experts.” www.terrimuuss.com
Read an interview with Terri here.