Knife’s Edge by Rachel Egly

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Knife’s Edge

I find myself holding
my breath when you’re around, like the smell of

you could be enough
to take me. I’m terrified to find out. You are

all busy knees and serrated
fingernails, the edge of a knife held

against my skin. I am still here
not despite your sharpness, but
because of it.

Rachel Egly

Rachel was born and raised outside of Chicago, but currently resides 120 miles south where she is pursuing a Master’s degree in freshwater ecology from the University of Illinois. She is in love with pretty rivers, insomnia, and good pizza. You can learn more about her at