Maelea Mercado

First Front Flip - Poem by Maelea Mercado

i climb the ladder
rung by slippery rung
going endlessly
touching the clouds
i finally see the top
i pull myself to the landing
greeted by the rough board
that steadies my wet feet
and inch slowly to the edge
looking down
i fret and regret
my foolish decision
to jump from such a height
i build up my nerve
and take a deep breath




i jump

i turn agonizingly slow
praying to complete
a full rotation
head down i break the surface
of the water that was once foreboding
i completed
my first front flip

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 8, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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