At the Edge of a Precipice

I look down and see a lonely nothing
When in reality there’s actually everything.
I can see the world turning
And the flowers, down there, growing.

That’s why… I’m going to jump.

I can see my town from here
My home seems so near.
The little fond memories I’m beginning to fear.
With my judgment now clouded, the Seer appeared.

Still… I’m going to jump.

He said, “Child, what are you doing there?”
I said, “At the edge of this precipice, I’ll free from my scare.”
“At the edge of that precipice, you’ll die, I swear.”
“I can’t stand the pain,” I said. “Unbroken; unfair.”

So… I’m going to jump.

The Seer looked at the world below and smiled
As if he knew everything that could possibly be learned.
“What’s so funny?”, I asked.
“Why do you insist in wasting your time, blind child, when there’s much more to be earned?”

No matter… I’m going to jump.

This old man is driving my nerves
Distracting my will, delaying the worst.
“It’s not gonna work. This is the end I deserve.”
“What gives you the right” he said, “to abandon this verve?”

My right… I’m going to jump.

He won’t go away no matter how hard I try.
Convincing me, I’m sure, of my utter demise.
“Pardon,” I said. “You think you’re so sly
When you know not of a chaotic up rise?”

Which is why… I’m going to jump.

“You think you’re alone.” His reply began.
“When your happiness can and will expand
Give it a chance before cutting the strand
Of pure life, love and absolute romance.”

Nonsense… I’m going to jump.

Could he be right? No, he must be wrong.
I’ve seen no proof that claims “I belong.”
“Leave me be, Seer. Leave me to my end and go on.
I can no longer pretend I’m whole and headstrong.”

Still… Should I jump?

Finally, his smile faded just as did my own so many eons ago.
“Then let it be so… With your dreams thrown
You fail to realize the bigger picture, the divine plan unknown.
Go on, fall, and prevent your potential to shone.”

Should I…?

“I WILL!!” My body swayed.
My real desire no longer restrained.
I bid farewell to the agony so dutifully embraced
But second thoughts, in my heart, were engraved.

Too late… I jumped.

“Oh no…” The sorrow and loneliness are lifted.
I can feel the wind pressing against my body, imprinted.
For the first time in my life, I’m alive, unhinged.
But now I’ll die, my action so clearly regretted.

Am I… dead?

“What?” There was no soil underneath
Only a small puddle around and beneath.
Such happiness. “I can breathe. I am free!!”
But how could this be? I jumped, fell, tumbled and screamed.

I’m alive… still.

The Seer was gone
But this I could hear, "You truly are blind and stubborn as though written in stone.
Dry yourself from the water and go on home.
Consider yourself completely atoned.

I’m ALIVE!!

I smiled just as he had smiled at how silly I could be.
Death was never the answer.
The truth I could now see.
This Seer, old man, mentor, wise man, was… ME.

At the Edge of a Precipice

YakusokuNono

Carolina, Puerto Rico

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This is the story of a girl who upon her suicide attempt met with her inner conscience. Suicide is never the answer.

Before any harsh decision, we should stop an listen to the wisest part within us all.

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