The Edge poem by Iris Carden
Everything important has an edge, trust and truth, responsibility, legality, and morality. Some are cautious and stay well back while others forgo their safety. Those who get closer to the edge, will find that they can see: the view is better, the risk is greater. One jump and you are free. You can live your life on the edge and never take that jump. Or you can leap and fly - until the landing thump. You can throw things from the edge, values, truth, the money you own, but when you follow them over, what you've thrown will let you down. There's no guardrail at the top nor any safety net below. The wise stay carefully back. If they must approach, they're slow. But the edge casts a magic spell and not all can resist the call: they cannot resist coming closer until, inevitably, they fall.
This poem brought to you by the past week’s Australian political revelations.