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On the coastal cliffs
shaded gray,
I look out to a blackened sea.
A spiny strata
fragments under foot
and a jolting

Needle pricks
of stinging wind press
upward into chest,
throat and face.
Sour bile rises
like black tar boiling from the belly. . .

fall or fly. . . .
                          --- Judi Van Gorder.


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Ahh! I remember this one! This is one of my favourite poems by you.


I love the uncertain end!!

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Wonderful poem Tink, I can't remember good on this one, but I like it a lot. And yes you are right. Its sounds like collaborative work with golden's poem The Colour of Fear


The imageries are wonderful here Tink



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Hi Tink,


I do remember your poem well, particularly these superb details:


"spiny strata" "black tar boiling from the belly."


And yes, by a link of spirit and inspiration across the seas, your very well crafted poem, strikes a chord with my piece. The build up of fear and your use of colours - "gray, blackened sea, bile, black tar" all make palpable the nerve racking moment you've captured here.


I'm so glad and touched that you posted this again as a link to our poems.


Thank you





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I, too, appreciate the uncertainty. Is the narrator hang-gliding? Is s/he base jumping? Perhaps the safeties are all off ...


For me, the "blackened sea" conjures a unique, inexplicable, Old World sense of hopeful hopelessness. It moves me a lot.



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