off the wagon

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how do you explain to someone

who doesn’t speak the language,

who hasn’t made the trip to the edge

and looked over,

comprehending the consequences

and leaping anyhow,

the combination of terror and anticipation and exhilaration

inherent in the teetering,

in the moment of decision

between stepping back

or once more choosing to fall.

One thought on “off the wagon

  1. This is so pertinent for me today, and you’ve expressed my frustration so elequently.

    Someone tried telling me how shit I am in response to a post about my anorexia today, insisted I should just eat the way she does.

    So thankyou for this well penned poem.

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