Hugh Cobb

Rookie - 54 Points (29 January 1947 / New York, NY)

Jumper - Poem by Hugh Cobb

Standing on a ledge ten stories up
wind rips at clothing & flesh,
a tiger's claws. Hair blown to hell.
None of it matters at all.
Nothing matters but the hundred feet below
& a tiny patch of concrete
soon to be filled with blood & brains &
the crushed shell of a depressed life.
One last look out, then down.
Thighs compress for launch:
a three second freefall into salvation.

(Copyright 3/1/2006)


Comments about Jumper by Hugh Cobb

  • (3/6/2006 5:44:00 AM)

    Hugh, I don't think you're capable of writing a bad poem! This is powerful stuff, never shying away from truth, no matter how ugly - and all the more potent for it. I think all of us can relate to this on some level - even if we don't want to admit it.
    Hugs
    Anna xxx
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  • (3/4/2006 9:58:00 PM)

    Simply brilliant. Punchy rhythm. Horrific content perfectlly captured and expressed as if blase. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/2/2006 11:33:00 PM)

    Yes...well done Hugh. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/2/2006 8:45:00 AM)

    chilling rendering of 'before-the-moment.' intense. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Poem Edited: Thursday, March 2, 2006


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