Slip of the Knife: Wounded

Deep red peppers

Shiny, freshly washed

Plump curves

Serrated knife

Rare expensive tool

Purchased from

Earnest college salesgirl

Rips cleanly

Into crispy flesh

Curled fingers

Position final uncut section


Fish gill wound

Open near fingertip

Stopped by fingernail




Bright red paper towel


Double band-aid


1 week later

Hardened skin

Deep red pepper

Freshly washed

Thoroughly dried

Serrated knife

Curled fingers


About jaclynfre

Recipe adventurer, fast walker, sporadic writer, aunt, sister and daughter
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10 Responses to Slip of the Knife: Wounded

  1. Ouch! You capture this moment vividly in this poem. I love how you fast forward a week later to tackle the deep red pepper again. I hope you are all healed.

    • jaclynfre says:

      Thanks for your kind words. I am still healing. I am always amazed by the body’s ability to heal itself. In this time of hand washing, I’m thankful for staving off infection. Hope you are well.

  2. This is a terrific piece! So vivid, such punchy lines, I have to say I cringed when you pick up the knife again at the end.

    • jaclynfre says:

      Ironically, when I purchased the sharper kitchen knives, I have had no injuries because they’re so precise. But in haste, I hadn’t calculated the precise curvature of the pepper and . . . 🙂 Thanks for your kind words and empathy.

  3. Sarah Parker says:

    This was a great slice (hehehe) post. When I have been cutting foods lately, I wonder how would I cope of I had to go to the emergency room. Your focus on the red pepper and the cut within a week was a great way to frame this poem.

    • jaclynfre says:

      I’ve been struck by the amount of injury we can sustain in our own homes. I was trying to do some yoga this morning and realized when I was attempting an inversion, I really need to be extra careful. Thankful for my home and this time, but realize this is not available for everybody. I appreciate your kind thoughts.

  4. Tim Gels says:

    This poem is so vivid I can see each event as it happens. Like a previous commenter said, I was a bit hesitant when you put the knife back in your hand. I’m glad the pepper was dry the second time!

  5. Lainie Levin says:

    I think I held my breath the whole time I read this poem. It’s like…I knew what was coming, and I didn’t want to read, but I HAD to read. Which is all the credit to your crisp, clear writing.

    I also love how you close your lines with the same activity. As in, yep, we’re going to slip and cut ourselves – but guess what? Time to get right back on it.

    • jaclynfre says:

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment. I have been inspired by your writing during Slice of Life, so this means a lot to hear from you. Scars are such an incredible reminder of how experience shapes our lives.

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