Jumper (Written September 21, 2013)



What if something makes her want

To jump? A movie that haunts her,

About the way cattle are slaughtered,


Or a friend (she thought) who habitually

Cuts her off in mid-sentence,

Or the long, sleepless nights that fail


To heal the cuts and bruises

Of the still longer days, or the sense

That she has nothing left to say,


That even though she was once

The brightest of them all, now

She is duller and weaker, useless,


Worse than useless, like an old car

With a rusted-out body,

And an engine that won’t run.

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