The Cliff

The Cliff by Valerie Parente

You can’t rush into something
that’s been a long time coming
I’ve been falling for years
and I could have hit the ground running.

I knew it was a cliff,
we were dealing with,
I knew all along
one of us would trip.

Just a little push,
was all it took,
I went down first
when you were afraid to look.

Then you saw,
I survived and walked,
no longer waiting
for you to jump off.

I knew it all,
I knew you would fall,
I knew the realization
would hit like a brick wall.

I could have ran,
just to prove I can,
but then you showed me
where you stand.

It was next to me,
after all this grief,
you didn’t fall
you actually leaped.

Now we feel the same,
both on this plane,
the ground is finally level
on this new terrain.

– Valerie Parente (4-9-2021)

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