Always, they’ve held the threat
of falling, as in off a cliff,
or less dire, a bed.
Death or an awakening awaits.
In sixth grade, Miss C made us
cut out a news article
and summarize it. That Spring,
I learned about 22-caliber bullets,
how a hollow-point can pierce
a lung, like what happened to Reagan.
I learned the word assassination,
the murder of body or character,
I wrote with spastic hands.
But mostly, I learned about ways
to puncture dreams, to set
someone up for a fall.
When I asked Miss C why
she lowered my grade, she looked
at my cut-out article and said,
Well, the edges, they’re not straight.
“Edges” originally appeared in Salamander.