The Leap

The glowing coals spread on the ground

Like jam across the morning toast

Beckon to me, call out to me,

Invite me like a virgin host

Come walk on me, have no fear

There will be pain, but so much more

Elation, happiness, bliss, and pride

Emotions like you never felt before


They are playing the siren song of life

To follow or not I must decide

Whatever it is I resolve to do

I am exposed, no chance to hide

Knowing it’s up to me and me alone

My heart beats wildly, my lips are dry

I look for guidance, maybe a sign

For what is true, for what’s a lie


The sand is running in my hour glass

But still I cannot make up my mind

Nobody knows what lies around the bend

Thoughts, actions, feelings all intertwined

Fear and hope play a game of catch

I agonize, am in this mire much too deep

Now a full breath, my mind is clear

As at long last I take the leap


  • Poetic Dan

    Fantastically done my friend, like relief at the end!
    Thank you

    • FredPeyer

      Thanks PD! Didn't realize it myself, but you are right, there is relief at the end.

    • Goldfinch60

      Wonderful write Fred, that leap will take you to a wonderful new place in your life.

      • FredPeyer

        Thank you Goldie! There are times we just have to jump, no matter what. My next jump will be to California. My wife wants to stay closer to our kids. Too bad, after over 30 years here I am just starting to get used to it!!!

      • Michael Edwards

        Yes the leap will even take you across the beached whales - er persons more easily seen. An enjoyable read.

        • FredPeyer

          Thanks Michael, throwing that non PC stuff right back at me, aren't you. Was looking for you on the beach yesterday, couldn't find you. Guess you belong to the persons not so easily seen.

          • Michael Edwards

            Yes I'm just (only just) on the right side of the scale.

          • orchidee

            A fine write Fred. I tried a leap across a bridge. How did I know it was only half-built?! See you on the other siiidddddeee of the bridge! *impression of me falling off the bridge into a river there*.

            • FredPeyer

              Thanks Orchi. Just think, that leap across the half-built bridge was a lot better than a leap into an empty swimming pool.

            • Fay Slimm.

              Ouch - I felt the pain of decision in your excellent verse Fred - - - a great read and hope you got there without burning your boats in the end.

              • FredPeyer

                Thanks so much Fay for the 'excellent' verse! Don't think I deserve it, but hey, I'll take it anyway.

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