One Step From Perdition

That day on the ledge

he started to shake

Each memory a tremor

of every mistake


The choices made suspect

as nightmares returned

The price of redemption

his destiny spurned


Alone and forgotten

his eyes straight ahead

Afraid to look down

where his hopelessness led


Each breath getting shorter

his heart beating loud

One step from perdition

one step to enshroud


But then in an instant

a voice could be heard

Not friendly or caustic

but rooted and learned


“Well jump if you have to

defeat as your crown

Your sins to fall with you

—forgiveness unfound”


(Dreamsleep: June, 2022)

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