As the knife enters your body
Your muscles will contract
And you’ll release air like a burst balloon.
Then you will inhale sharply,
Your body stiffening like clay left in the sun.
Please remember this:
You will not bleed out like in the movies,
Shirts are not dyed in an instant.
Your life will edge off slowly,
Like a prisoner sensitising to light.
Colin Bancroft is nearing the end of a PhD on the poetry of Robert Frost. His pamphlet ‘Impermanence’ was published with Maytree Press in 2020 and ‘Kayfabe’ with Legitimate Snack|Broken Sleep in June 2021. He is editor at Nine Pens Press and runs the Poets’ Directory. Twitter: @colin_bancroft