Daily Archives: November 21, 2011

End Of The Rope

Clench your hand hard enough
that blood
leaches into
the finger tips,
leaving them
taut and red.
Simple survival is in your grasp —
how hard can you hold on to that,
and for how long?
There’s no actual cliff here
for you, no tenuous
but obvious ledge
on which to cling,
from which to hang,
but you hang and cling
above a drop
as real as any.  The stop
at the bottom
would be as fatal.
How long
will you hang?
How long will you wait
to find out
how it feels
to land?