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Fly

Standing cautiously at  precipice, leaning 
backwards-looks down.
Sudden thrust, feet leave ground, heart 
pounding. He leaps.

He doesn't fall, reassuring earth beneath 
spoils adventure.
Heart craves-helpless feeling of fall, 
thrilling freedom & fear enslaved.
And fear enslaved rational mind, brews 
hole in gut, hollows being
As sour tasting cowardice dulls 
imagination. Desires numbed.
Defeat stares face,eyes shamefully shy 
away, parched lips dry- twitch 
explanations.

Addiction then wears sublime mask of 
exhilarating adventure,
Petty truth, worthless pride of commoners, 
be rooted to earth; 
Thoughts take wings, paint visuals tainted 
with experience, 
Mind chains to ground, screaming-"Don't 
jump, you will die". Legs frozen.

Death is but for mortals, invincibility 
entices brave heart.
Weak-kneed it gives in to adrenaline rush 
& impractical want of freedom.
Hopes fuel foolishness, foolishness fuel 
hopes; each weakens  unwavering reason.
But reason weakens true greatness.  Heart 
wills greatness be conquered.
Life useless lived uselessly for useless 
use of living usefully.

Standing cautiously at  precipice, leaning 
backwards-looks down.
Life ashamed at such inaction in hind 
sight sparks frenzy uncontrollable.
Toes quivering, excited heart skipping 
beats, fingers flexed.
Sudden thrust, feet leave ground, heart 
pounding. He leaps. He flies. 
Freedom.

- Viraj Shah © 7.12.2013


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  1. Date: 2/10/2014 8:33:00 PM

    Viraj, nice ending flight. Enjoyed, Skat

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