Have to Let Yourself Down in Order to Rise Up

As you sit suspended, halfway between a thought and a feeling,

You keep your eyes level, unwilling to let your glance take in the depth below you.

You fear that its chill may stall you, its bottomless shadows may swallow you whole,

So you dangle midair above its vastness.

Easy to return, you think, but you’ve come this far.

Echos of “I can’t” seem deafening although no one speaks.

But as you breathe you find a new reserve –

A hidden store of courage, tucked away behind doubt and worry.

You inch yourself down into the darkness and take in its musk

You fill your lungs with all the things that scared you and plunge deeper into the crevasse.

And even as your feet find their footing beneath you, your eyes can still find the light above.

No unhappy end, just newfound fearlessness that propels you up again.

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22 thoughts on “Have to Let Yourself Down in Order to Rise Up

  1. Great poem, as always… I have but one suggestion (since I’ve been writing poetry since I was 12 – won’t say how many years that ‘s been!) ‘structure’. You can possibly enhance the reader’s pleasure, by changing your line structure to this (perhaps!)

    As you sit suspended, halfway between a thought and a feeling,

    You keep your eyes level, unwilling to let your glance take in the depth below you.

    You fear that its chill may stall you, its bottomless shadows may swallow you

    Whole,

    So you dangle midair

    Above its vastness.

    Easy to return,

    You think,

    But you’ve come this far.

    Echos of “I can’t” seem deafening although no one speaks.

    But as you breathe you find a new reserve –

    A hidden store of courage, tucked away behind doubt and worry.

    You inch yourself down into the darkness and take in its musk

    You fill your lungs with all the things that scared you and plunge deeper into the crevasse.

    And even as your feet find their footing beneath you, your eyes can still find the light above.

    No unhappy end, just newfound fearlessness that propels you up again.

    Just food for thought…!

    • It’s so funny…I never really view my posts like this as poetry -more along the line of thought collections. But that said, your take on the structure is interesting and something to keep in mind.

  2. This is great! The image looks very familiar!! Is this from the movie were they go under caves and then they get trapped? ” Sanctum”, right? That’s a wonderful movie and nerve wrecking!!!

  3. “Let yourself down in order to rise up” – that is powerful. It’s so hard to turn doubts and outright defeats into learning opportunities or new-found motivation. I still wrestle with that. But if you CAN, you can live stronger. What a great reminder!

  4. Really nice…this is my favorite line:

    “Easy to return, you think, but you’ve come this far.”

    Lots of truth there, and something all of us should endeavor to remember when we encounter those *scary* parts of life.

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