One night while you sleep a man with a knife
will come to your house.
He will not knock on the door. He will cut it
in half.
He will cut everything in half:
the drapes, the windows, the table, the chairs,
the sink, the mirror, the carpet, the paintings,
the lamp, the fridge, the fireplace, the books,
the magazines, the piano, the stereo, the records,
the music…
And then he will come to your bed and with his
sharp knife he will cut in half your dreams.
Then he will press his hand on your mouth and
he will cut everything in half:
your legs, your arms, your hair, your fingers,
your nails, your thighs, your face, your throat,
your ears, your shoulders, your knees, your heels,
your cheeks, your tongue, your belly, your nose,
your future…
And then you will wake up, panting. You will look
around the dark and silent house. Everything will
be in its place as always. Just the door will be wide open.
The door through which your brother went out,
so many years ago.


Peycho Kanev is the author of 6 poetry collections and three chapbooks. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines: Rattle, Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Front Porch Review, Barrow Street, The Adirondack Review. His new chapbook titled Under Half-Empty Heaven was published in 2018 by Grey Book Press.