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Aillte an Mhothair (The Cliffs of Moher)


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Two little steps
to the granite edge
as the ocean

roils and boils

three hundred feet below.

One little jump,
it will all be over.

One little jump,
one forward step:


Hands and arms grab for me
and there are high rough voices
as Marie comes running.

It was nothing.
It was nothing.


Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim

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Oh, I think it is not nothing.


Ever speculate on the origin of that feeling that one should jump off of some edge such as this?

And not with suicide in mind?


I find it nearly irresistible.


How can that be?

Obviously deadly, but maybe, at its root, it was not always so . . .


Thanks for this, I need to ponder it every now and then.


Nice pic, too.

I would definitely have to crawl to the edge, if only to counter the vertigo.

from the black desert

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I love this. Of course, anything dark, attracts me and that is how this feels. I felt certain it was a conscious thought to step off, but GK's comment does make me wonder if that was not the intention, at all.


While I've never had the urge to jump, I do not like high places, more afraid of falling than ending it, deliberately. We have one of the ten highest suspension bridges in the world, in my state and the highest in the US, most of the buildings there burned in a wildfire, earlier in the season, but the bridge is intact. I've lived here over fifty years and have never gone there. Never will.

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