Sword & spine

by Jade Cuttle

He thinks
he’s sharp
enough to
slice the
earth in
two when
he wields
the weapon
of his body
to the wind:
all sword
and spine,
he makes
a swipe at
the sunlight
but misses –
the soil
spatters out
a laugh as
it tugs this
flame back
into its




Answer: a blade of grass