A Lodestone Abyss

Slowly,

I am drawn to the edge–

Iron flakes

To a lodestone abyss.

 

(I want to fall)

 

The cliff.

Toes grasp

The sharp stone boundary

Between land and air.

 

(I want to fall)

 

My pulse quickens

And I am alive.

Every cell inside me

Hums electric.

 

(I want to fall)

 

Swaying,

Back and forth,

I feel the lodestone

Pull me.

 

(I want to fall)

 

I hear voices

Far in the distance

Whispering dark warnings

Of gravity.

 

(I want to fall)

 

And yet…

And still…

 

(I want to fall)

 

I lean forward,

Just a bit,

And then some more.

Testing.

 

(I want to fall)

 

Frozen–

I stare into the chasm

Restrained by a

Dissipating fear.

 

(I want to fall)

 

The lodestone pulls harder.

The whisper fades.

I close my eyes

And leap.

 

(But can I fly?)

 

3-20-19

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