On Edge


On Edge

We turn to the phrase “on edge”
to identify anxious states—

times of indecision when the
thought of a mistake threatens

to overcome us or when we
cannot see the future clearly

enough to feel safe stepping
forward into it. It is at those

times that certain truths emerge:
truths about past, future and the

breath-thin line we call “now”—
the line that a tightrope walker

takes literally and that we can
know only indirectly as what

it feels like to be alive and
present individually. To be

“on edge” is to know—not the
razor’s curve or what it passes

through—but the sharpness of
the blade itself as it draws blood.



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