The Plunge

— Lesa Medley

I had been on the sidelines,
back there,
against the wall
just watching…
for far too long.

One day,
I had had enough
just watching.
I gathered up
unknown courage
and strength
from some hidden place
deep inside me,
and I just did it.

Not shyly and gingerly
easing my way,
not sticking
my big toe in first
to test.
I took a running leap
and jumped right in
head first…
into the deep end,
my whole self.

I surfaced,
and as I was climbing
up the ladder,
my whole self smiled.

And then I wondered…
why I had waited so long.


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