FREEWRITING EXERCISE #7

Knives knives knives knives
Knives in the gap of your teeth
Knives in between your eyelids
Knives like crowbars propping your mouth open
Knives diving into flesh like eagles
Knives underneath every nail
Knives as the opposite of a hammer
What is a pair of scissors but two knives held together with a common purpose
Knives as an exploration of boundaries
Knives as works of art post-progress
Knives as anti-language
Knives as anti-anti
Knives as leaves and blades of grass
Knives on every tree waiting for birds
Knives on every tree stripped bare
Schools of knives swimming in the oceans
Every underline is knives
Every annotation is violence which is also knives
Knives are what the space bar is modelled after
Knives being a metaphor for the penis
Knives being a metaphor for the vagina
Knives being a metaphor for sex
The first thing most children experience when they are born is a pair of blades
Sawing quickly through the bond that still ties them to not-yet-life
Knives as numbers on a spreadsheet
Knives as people in a census
As check marks on a voting slip
Knives as exclamation marks
Shrill and sharp they cut into the night
Knives as the opposite of themselves
Knives as a conceivable form of fist
Knives as a panacea to violence
In London knives are slowly becoming prohibited
just like how most things are, everywhere
Perhaps knives are then a metaphor for freedom
in the sense that you cannot wrap your hand
around the smooth inviting edge of a blade
and expect not to get cut
like come on now you’re a grown man
you should already know
always bring a knife to a fist fight
and always aim for the throat
aim to kill
to kill
to kill

Freewriting Explanation: Every day, Valen shall use 5 minutes to write completely unprompted and uninterrupted, letting the words lead the way. There is no end purpose to each piece, but rather, the pieces are allowed to develop naturally in their own way.

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