Duck & Cover
I step out on the plank
Placing one foot, then the other
It wobbles a little under my feet
The vast ocean on all sides,
it's horizon far in front of me.
It’s a long way down
My stomach crawls up to my heart for comfort
I need to do this
It’s a little crazy for sure.
Another step toward the edge.
A flock of ducks rises through clouds
They know where they are going
A lightness envelops me
Lifting my spirits
Just one more step
No need to leap
Fear rising in my throat
As my heart overrides my head
Maybe I know where I’m going too?
Leaning into the wind, I step
I float, suspended in the air
Nothing to push against for momentum No calling or need, no ground
Faint cries of life and land ahead
Drift by every so often
What a strange place to be
No cover and no risk of danger
My heart propels me forward
Generating just enough force to move me
This must be how I navigate this
My heart already knows where I’m going.