between the leap and the landing

between the leap and the landing

A Chapter by Ana Papaya
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what happens between the leap and the landing
is it fear and regret
or is it peace and acceptance
how long is the fall
and how long does it feel
is it over before you know it
or does it feel like it will never end
and what are the things that you think of then


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All questions to ask yourself before you contemplate that leap. I would say it's not worth taking the chance, particularly if regret comes in to the equation. Too late then. There are always other solutions. When people become that desperate they need help from others. Friends, samaritans, mental health services, but taking that leap is a no no in my opinion. Better to find someone to talk to. Much to contemplate in these short lines Ana. I sincerely hope that you aren't feeling that way and you are just putting yourself into how some others may feel.

Chris

Posted 2 Years Ago


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Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

i'm afraid of heights so if I did jump the worst i'd do is mess up my hair :)

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this reminds me of something TS Eliot wrote..
"“Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow” so in a way, the questions you raise are all "shadowy".... until the leap is made and you have landed.. and I guess it is up to the one who jumps to decide whether it is worth the risk...

this also reminded me of the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon where the young woman does not want to be bound by the strict traditions women face in feudal China and stands on the ledge looking out over a precipice not knowing what lies below, leaps and risks everything for the chance of a safe landing... or like Thelma and Louise driving off the cliff rather than go back into traditions chains...

for me, where your poem leads me is I would risk it all and leap...

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

9 Months Ago

Thank you, very cool it made you think of those awesome pieces of work. :)
Suppose it depends on whether or not you felt compelled to jump and what you're jumping into.
Best not to dread the landing.
Thought-provoker, A!

Posted 2 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

So true. If you dread the landing you may never jump. Thank very much lone rager.
Life is filled with perplexing questions, it’s how we answer them that make us who we are. I enjoyed this poem

Posted 2 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

So true. Thanks so much for that.
Pon my very word and true.. now ya got me thinking... so many questions within a single question.. I just love the way you squeeze my mental muscle Ana, I do I do I do ... I suggest you bend ya knees and roll on landing :) Neville

Posted 2 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

that is a mighty fine suggestion. :)
thank you Neville!
Neville

2 Years Ago

it works for me... my pleasure Ana... :)
Great Ana. In a short poem you have encapsulated how that step into the unknown feels. Because you have not made it specific it applies to so so many of these situations where we feel uncertain but it is being willing to 'boldly go' that makes us grow.
Alan

Posted 2 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

I agree alan, thank you. Sometimes you have to jump. :)
alanwgraham

2 Years Ago

It has just occurred to me Anna that I have a poem 'between' on this topic. I will add a line 'betwe.. read more
Many questions asked in your words. People, most times. Afraid to show real face, afraid to say real words and too late. Beg the person to stay. Wonderful use of words and thoughts dear Ana.
Coyote

Posted 2 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

Thanks a bunch Coyote. So appreciated.
Coyote Poetry

2 Years Ago

You are welcome dear Ana.
A leap of faith always assures that we will succeed.
Between the leap and the landing, we don't really ponder much, it is usually an impulse that propels us... but we do get an aerial view of the landing in mid- air of leap and we make adjustments to minimize the crash!
And those who leap out of desperation to their end ... we really don't know what goes through their minds.
profound thoughts lay behind your beautiful poem, Ana.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

thanks Mrudula, I appreciate you sharing your thoughts!
Mrudula Rani

2 Years Ago

You are most welcome.
Between a leap and the landing can feel like a camera flash of eternity and sometimes even a month.
Remember when camera's had those? Remember camera's?
To try and answer the last line, maybe it's just random the things you think of then.
Nice write.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

i do remember cameras
yes, a flash can feel like a moment or a month.
i think too often we don't think anything...we just react, leap, land, and often the crash is debilitating ....then we think...and it is just regret that fills our mind.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

yes, that is true about regret. thank you jacob
All questions to ask yourself before you contemplate that leap. I would say it's not worth taking the chance, particularly if regret comes in to the equation. Too late then. There are always other solutions. When people become that desperate they need help from others. Friends, samaritans, mental health services, but taking that leap is a no no in my opinion. Better to find someone to talk to. Much to contemplate in these short lines Ana. I sincerely hope that you aren't feeling that way and you are just putting yourself into how some others may feel.

Chris

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

i'm afraid of heights so if I did jump the worst i'd do is mess up my hair :)

thanks.. read more

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