Mary Lyon

In me

something stirred

when the bone handle

cracked on the paring

knife my long-gone love

once gave to the pool

of our household goods

and neglected to take

when he left. So fine,

its heft and grip. I won't

find another that cuts

just so. The thing wasn't

pretty. Neither was he.

But oh...

in me

he carved himself deep.

Mary Lyon is a New York City poet and performer. Her work has appeared in . She was a finalist in the 2007 Center For Book Arts Chapbook Competition. At the Cornelia Street Café, she has appeared several times in the series "Writers Read" and is a featured artist on the CD "Little Noises," available on .

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