7 Seconds: a poem

Staff Writer


I stood at edge of the rock, feeling the heat beneath my feet

And the sun against my back

I saw the water below me, clear and still

It seemed to be calling to me

I took a few steps back, never taking my eyes off it,

I ran forward, and leaped


I had 7 seconds to fall before I hit the water

7 seconds where nothing else mattered

For that moment, I was weightless

I had time to think, but nothing crossed my mind

I closed my eyes, and heard the silence around me

The world around me had stopped


I hit the water, and water surrounded me in an instant

I felt for the ground beneath me, but there was none

I wanted to stay there forever, but I had to come up eventually

I finally came up out of the water, and took a deep breath

The world had started again


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