Together, together

Poem and artwork by Elise Sadlier, 17, Gisborne Girls’ High School

IT was like we were standing on the edge of a cliff

The wind would bite as as we stood there

And I turned to you as my hair lashed across my face and asked

“Should we jump?”

You smiled and said yes

So we took a few paces back

And started to run towards the bright ocean

But just as I jumped, you stood there

You stood there, with your toes hanging over reluctantly

All I could do was look down as the water rushed up to greet me

You were too afraid to love me

You were too afraid to take that chance

After a while the sea turned cold

And I let myself drown as I waited for you to jump

IT was like we were standing on the edge of a cliff

The wind would bite as as we stood there

And I turned to you as my hair lashed across my face and asked

“Should we jump?”

You smiled and said yes

So we took a few paces back

And started to run towards the bright ocean

But just as I jumped, you stood there

You stood there, with your toes hanging over reluctantly

All I could do was look down as the water rushed up to greet me

You were too afraid to love me

You were too afraid to take that chance

After a while the sea turned cold

And I let myself drown as I waited for you to jump

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