Friday, June 18, 2010


A razor… two tales
One as the cutting blade of a thrilling thieve
The other as the master tool of a great chef
Both in France

Blade’s tales
Of taste and passion
Offering to the gods
To Ambrosia the food
To Hades the blood

A foolish love
A selfish passion
Razor blade cutting the edge
of two worlds
of two obsessions
of two souls
enslaved by fervor

Such was the razor’s fate
but to execute it masters desires
Just a tool
just a contrivance
With no other choice
but to perform
and then evoke
the memories imbibed on its blade
from each cut
from each act
of passion and fate

© 2010 Gabriela Abalo

This post is a submission to Magpie Tales #19, writing on a theme of the above photo.


Stan Ski said...

Knives don't cut - people do.
Great post!

Ed Pilolla said...

fate and a knife. always scary. enslaved by fervor, yes. nice.

Kass said...

I love the juxtaposition of the two intentions. Nicely done!

Carrie Burtt said...

Well written. Truly enjoyed this one. :-)

Sam Liu said...

Haunting and very powerful, I loved the metaphor...your words have an irrepressible poignancy to them.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Excellent imagery and a great take on the photo. Well done.

RA said...

I love the idea of two fates being wrought together by one blade.

Anonymous said...

wow..great magpie!

Brian Miller said...

each cut engraved ont eh knifes face...a scary place to find yourself...nice magpie!

leenah said...

Strong undercurrents and haunting metaphors....I am in awe of the way you play with words.

Very nice Gabriela!

Tumblewords: said...

A delight to savor the double edge. Nicely done - the final three lines are perfect.

kathew said...

one blade-two fates...well done!

Paul C said...

I like how you explore two people and how they intersect, a kind of duality?

Helen said...

Thoroughly enjoyable ~ your Magpie!

Aoife.Troxel said...

The contrast and yet striking similarity between the two was expertly pulled off. I found the thought that they were both driven by a passion, an obsession, rather scary as it made them so alike. What would happen if you angered the chef while he was cooking?

My favourite part...
Offering to the gods
To Ambrosia the food
To Hades the blood


Terresa said...

Great Magpie, especially the last lines,

"from each cut
from each act
of passion and fate"


Anonymous said...

Marvelous skill with words gal. So true of an entity such as a knife. Many ways to be seen. Thanks for your visit.