Writing Dare: The Cleaver


Subliminal Quibbles

The cleaver
an ideal choice for a butcher,
bladed edge glistens as an arm raises
and
hammers down
gliding through even the thorniest of bones like
an X-acto knife through your finger
when you’re not careful
customers covet what it provides
while few speak their minds
of the implied carnage
the butcher treats his tools with finesse
repeated use on slaughtered meat
weakens
if the hatchet took on sentience,
it would hunger for gore and flesh
like the undead
should that butcher develop the same
and release it on
the local governing committeeman
society would be swift to disapprove

Story Bandit: We dare you to write a 99-word poem using the following words: cleaver, thorniest, disapprove, committeeman.

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