“Stand and Fall” Poem

It’s the strangest thing to feel your heart stop beating

Even just a pause

For just a moment

Before you tilt forward with your toes gripping the edge

But you’re already falling

Or you’ve been falling 

And the passage of time is sluggish and disorienting 

You don’t know when 

You don’t know why

And there’s nothing to catch you as far as you can see

No ground below you

No walls around you

Just air or water or darkness or tears or blood or shadow

You’re falling in

You’re drowning in 

You stand there on the edge and you fall in unison

Perpetual suspension

Perpetual motion 

And then a beat echoes through the nothing and everything 

And though you stand 

And though you fall 

Life goes on again with the beat of a heart


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