Orange light scrubs
the cliff's blunt peak.
My shadow stretches
across the rim, plunges
deep into the heaving sea.
Waves wash against
pitted by nature’s
pestering. I shall not
dive, for I must live.
Vertigo seduces like a femme fatale.
Dizziness at the abyss
of freedom. Choose now,
and all will be sealed. Hesitate,
and your fate's still fixed.
Angst whitewashes the cost
of falling, the fear of nothing,
nothing to fear. Gulls trip
on the rocky beach, peck
for pebbled canapes.
I peer wall-eyed at the sun,
betting against blindness.
The horizon limns a mesa in pink,
blurred ridge of promise, bricking in
the infinite. Look again: flat black sky.
Purple seas serve no one. I seek
a brighter tide at dusk. Slip knots
lasso crabs. Shellfish cling to drenched
basalt. An opaque light streams above.
Woozy, I inch forward. Wings break my fall.