The Edge

Drawing of a cliff face, with a tree and plants growing on the top. Caption reads: "The view is better, but the risk is greater."

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.

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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