Knives with serrated edges, their solid singularityand sureness of purpose;
Forks too with fang teethand slots of air,their habit of piercing—
Neither will ever knowthe intimacy of spoons.
How they hold each other—knees cupped, thighs touching,
the long curve of spinesoft against belly and chest,
the nuzzled narrow neck,this ladle of bodies.
Slowly your breathing softens, fallsinto that space of sleep
where you twitch in dreamsand I hold on. [End Page 83]
Jim Minick is the author of four books, most recently The Blueberry Years, winner of the Best Nonfiction Book of the Year from Southern Independent Booksellers Association. He teaches at Converse College and is the Fred Chappell Fellow at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he is pursuing an MFA.