August 26, 2013

Hard to Grasp.

Photo: Mario on Pixoto.

Hard to Grasp

He can no longer support his own weight
yet he tightens his clutch around her hand
She can no longer hold on
yet willpower enables her, for one twelfth of an hour
until she breaks away, falling into the depths below
He feels his heart fall too
Helicopter above searches the mountainous area
recognizes the victim
They come to the rescue
Victim glances below, panics
he glances above, conflicted
A sweaty, tender red gash in his hand
the hand that held hers for five grueling minutes
Memories flash into his head
The day they met
The day he proposed
Their first child
And then suddenly—no hesitation, no contemplation
as he too broke away
into the depths of the canyon below


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Ed: Catherine Monkman

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