Falling

I have been to that same cliff,
Looking into the chasm of my failures.

Embarrassment,
Frustration,
Fully faulted by my own

Ego…

Selfishness…

And unrelenting ineptitude.

All, categorically my own.

I’ve even believed
Wrongfully,
And stupidly,

That I could simply remain
On the edge of that cliff,

As if I could observe,

But neither have to fully feel,
Nor accept the results of
My shortcomings.

But that self-lie is as egregious,
As all the lies I’ve told others.

For in that moment of cliff-side reckoning,
The ripping of truth prevails

Even if not immediately…

And ultimately,
Pushes me from that cliff,

To the crystal clearness
Of all my faults
Laid out in a panoply of pain,
Below.

And in falling from that cliff,
To my certain,
And deserved reconciliation
With my true self…

I have failed,
Again.

Have you felt that falling feeling too?

Have you felt your heart in your throat,
As everything is pulled from beneath you?

Have you wanted to cry out in anguish,
And fear,
And complete helplessness,

So scared, though,
That the scream is stifled in your throat?

And neither knowing how you will survive
This time,
This fall.

Your hopelessness defines
Your certain destiny.

In all our failures…

Every time we approach that cliff,

And sure-to-follow fall,

I know this…

With abundant,
And complete clarity…

That you are there,
To catch me.

And…

I am there…

To catch you.

Β© 2017 W. C. Stacia, Jr.

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50 thoughts on “Falling

  1. Very nice work. And yes, I too know that falling feeling my friend.

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    1. Thanks Dorothy! I guess we all do…part of the human experience. πŸ™‚

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  2. Oh yes, I have been there, what a winderful ending though.

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    1. Thanks Lorraine! I’m so glad you liked it!

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  3. Another masterpiece… of Love

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    1. Very kind of you Emma! I so much appreciate your comments and interest in my work!!

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      1. Surely! For surely you’re one of the best I’ve read on the emotion… Cheers! πŸ™‚

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  4. I think we all can relate to this! Beautiful written.

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    1. Really appreciate it Stella!!! πŸ™‚

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      1. You’re welcome:)

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  5. Bill… I think this is one of your best pieces. The honest emotion you threw into this one is just phenomenal and you are really taking the reader on a journey as you describe that feeling of falling, as well as watching others fall. But that twist in the end just brings it all together perfectly. Loved it! Really awesome job, my friend!

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    1. That means so much to me Brandi…and really made my night. So many thanks my friend!! 😊

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      1. You’re very welcome, Bill! As you say… Just calling it like I see it. 😊

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  6. I absolutely adore this!!!!

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    1. I’m so glad that you like it Tara!! Means so much to me!!!

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      1. I too have written about that cliff but you said it so much better!!

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      2. Well…I don’t know about writing it better…but I do suspect that we’ve all found ourselves by that cliff. Myself…frequently. Sigh…

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      3. I get what you’re saying.

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  7. Yes, Bill, of course I have felt that too. Your poem is so well written and relatable, especially when you address the reader in the following lines:

    “Have you felt that falling feeling too?

    Have you felt your heart in your throat,
    As everything is pulled from beneath you?

    Have you wanted to cry out in anguish,
    And fear,
    And complete helplessness,

    So scared, though,
    That the scream is stifled in your throat?”

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    1. Thank you Marta!!!! I so much value your comments!. You’ve made my day start out just right!!!! Hope you’re having a great day as well!!

      πŸ™‚

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      1. You are welcome, and yes, you too have a lovely day!

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      2. I was just starting to read that wonderful work. Let me stop this note so I can finish consuming your words! I’ll be back with you in a moment.

        😊

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      3. Wow!!! That work is so beautiful Marta!!!

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      4. Thank you so much, Bill.

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      5. Just calling it like I see it!

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    1. Thank you Luisa!! I really appreciate it!!

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  8. yes. catching myself mostly.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! I do a lot of that myself!

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      1. just discovered your writing, I like it, the poetry is straight and simple. well we have to! I don’t trust anyone else!

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      2. Thanks Gina! I appreciate your thoughts and interest!!

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      3. this is when I feel my age! 😜

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      4. I think that I’m the only one who can say that! πŸ˜€

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      5. no you are not alone!

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  9. This is an exceptional poem, Bill. I think many can relate to the emotions of falling or failing and your words are heartfelt and ring true. So glad there is someone to catch you😊 Bravo πŸ‘

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    1. So kind of you Sue, and I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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