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Poems and stories by Bruce Levine, Duane Anderson, Ivan de Monbrison, Ivanka Fear, Jane Ellen Glasser, John Grey, Nolo Segundo, Steve Slavin

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The Man on the Ledge

John Grey

You see a man

high up

on a tall building.

You want to cry out

“Don’t jump.”

But you only watch

terrified

by the vision of him

face down on the pavement,

trying to crawl

like you try to speak,

attempting to breathe

that same air

that has your lungs paralyzed.

Then he climbs back

through a window,

out of sight.

You wonder where he goes

from here.

You cannot imagine him

taking the elevator.

Mel Stoutsenberger | stock.adobe.com

Алексей Голубев—stock.adobe.com

Founder’s Favourites | December 2021—Issue 17 | 7

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