Jump

Cocky
confident
convinced of my mastery
and proud
life is good

A wobble
a shift
the center moves
a niggling sense
that behind the scenes
outside the obvious
they are toying with me
tempting me
letting me win
like playing chess with a child
just to keep him interested

Go ahead
jump
they whisper
you can do it
you won last time
and the time before
you can do it
go

I listen closely
wanting to believe
then reassured
I smile
nod “Yes!”
don my cape
and leap into the void

Only then
going down
do I become aware
of the knee-slap lightning
and chuckling thunder
of amused gods
settling their bets

Marv Himmel
March 25,  2015 ©

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