Ode to the Jumper

Stefano Byer, M2, Class of 2022


Does the ground call for you?

You, from your perch on the railing.

What do you see?

Freedom? Escape? Finality?



Fear, what I see coming from your eyes

Your darting eyes, framed in sweat, flickering

from your downward fate to your

paranoid past



A negotiation is set – you

the mediator between I and




The only jump I ask you to

take is the one of faith.

One for your fate.



This lulling depression need only

be a moment – not

The moment


Step, not fall, to terra firma

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