edge line crack


he’d known edges

since infancy…

around his crib

hand over hand

wood bars…all sides…

grade school,

he stood in halls

outside class

back against the wall

by a fire alarm…

high school,

graffiti marking


under an overpass…

he stepped crack

broke his mother’s heart


Bonnie Marshall

Art by Modest Cumart


6 thoughts on “edge line crack

  1. Each spare word an internal geometry … unapproachable and heartbreaking. Having walked back and forth to school over city sidewalks, I know that rhyme so well, Bonnie. The ‘almost rhyme’ at the end echoing in contrast ….

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