i have a new knife

it is a small knife

it has bone handles

brass pins and silver bolsters

a badge on one bone reads UN-X-LD

a trade mark from two centuries ago

two blades fold neatly into the handle

it took many people using their hands and machinery

that was new when my grandfather was young

to make this knife

this knife looks like the one i remember

one fall afternoon

when grandfather sat in the yard on the chair he had made

unfolded the small blade

and neatly cut the ends off ripe pecans

Copyright Michael Douglas Scott