The only thing that's regular is that there are two on each stair, one at either end. She has to thread her way past these kitchen knives stabbed into the white-painted treads to get to bed. She has to tip-toe: if disturbed they will invade her dreams and sharpen her nerves.
They are not the most chilling thing in the photo posted by police. That honour goes to the bullet. Against the stark white, its tip points to a blank wall. This is someone's home, "a place where one lives, especially as part of a family."
Emma Lee’s most recent publication is Ghosts in the Desert (Indigo Dreams, 2015). She co-edited Over Land, Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge (Five Leaves, 2015) and Welcome to Leicester (Dahlia Publishing, 2016). She blogs at http://emmalee1.wordpress.com and reviews for The High Window Journal, The Journal and London Grip.